Archive for December, 2014

 

Happy New Year 2015 ~ from the studio of Chris Billington

 

Happy New Year

The beginning of a New Year is always special because once again it is a time to reflect on the last 12 months of accomplishments.

2014 was an incredible year for me personally, starting with a move back to Truro from The Lizard Peninsula, and thankfully completed with minimal disruption to my painting.  A huge thank you to Shane of Just Magic Buildings for swiftly getting me up and running in my new compact city ArtLab, again built with precision to my particular design and to the same high standard as my previous studio in Gweek.

 

Art and Music

And as I look back at some of my highlights from 2014 it is music that is the obvious common thread running through my art in the past twelve months.   From the 45 paintings that went into my “Punk ~ The Transatlantic Paintings” which naturally took up most of my year up until they were exhibited at The Gallery, Liverpool in November, to the cover painting of Cornish band Clay’s soon to be released debut album.   All of which was interspersed with various side projects and commissioned paintings, along with a couple of pieces for charity, including a painting for actor Rony Bridges to help with his fundraising for the charity Starchild and the building of a new school in Uganda and also two small paintings for the St.Ives Rotary Club.

 

 

Pinhead (2014)  ~ Punk The Transatlantic Paintings ~ Happy New Year 2015 from the studio of Chris Billington

Pinhead (2014) ~ Punk The Transatlantic Paintings ~ Happy New Year 2015 from the studio of Chris Billington

 

A Million Milestone

This year I am also humbled to have hit a milestone of more than a million website hits in a year, 1,183,511 website hits up until today to be precise.   A huge thank you to all of the visitors to this site who made that million hits in one year possible and apologies for the infrequent updates to my content, I  really will do my best to keep my posts more up to date in the coming months.  Also apologies to those who follow me on the various social media platforms, to which the same thing applies, and thank you for all of your kind emails and messages.

 

Thank You

I would also like to thank all of the galleries, gallerists and museums for your faith in my work and your enormous support, with a special mention to Billy Wilson and his staff at The Gallery, Liverpool who took the time and energy to stage a wonderful exhibition for me in Liverpool in 2014.

Finally, and most importantly, I could not have done it without you, especially those of you who have purchased and supported my work during 2014, and over the previous years, thank you.

 

 

Outer Limits - Chris Billington (2014) ~ Happy New Year 2015 from the studio of Chris Billington

Outer Limits – Chris Billington (2014) ~ Happy New Year 2015 from the studio of Chris Billington

 

Anything is possible

As I prepare my studio for a new body of work in 2015 I am reminded that the new year stands before us, like a blank canvas, ready and waiting to be painted and remember that we can all paint our own worlds with our hopes and dreams.   Anything is possible.

May 2015 bring all of you the opportunity to realise the life that you want.   Paint your hopes big, paint your dreams bold, paint them in full colour and have an infinitely rewarding 2o15!

Happy New Year to you all.

 




Nadelik Lowen ha Bledhen Nowydh Da

Nadelik ~ A Cornish Christmas

‘Nadelik’ is my Christmas card for 2014.  Each December my card is ever more widely anticipated amongst my friends and patrons across the UK and also in many parts of the world, which is very special for me.  This year is slightly different with a departure from my usual cosmic theme.

Following my move from The Lizard Peninsula back to Cornwall’s wonderful capital City of Truro earlier this year I was approached by the current Mayor, Loic Rich,  who asked me to produce the official Christmas card for his office.    The Mayor’s brief was for something Cornish, Christian and Celtic.

I set to work and  the resulting painting ‘Nadelik’, which was completed in November, was used on the 2014 Truro Mayoral Christmas card.  I also adopted the same image for my own personal cards and have been sending them out for the past few days.

 

Nadelik ~ A Cornish Christmas - Chris Billington 2014

Nadelik ~ A Cornish Christmas – Chris Billington 2014

 

Nadelik Lowen ha Bledhen Nowydh Da ~ Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

I wish you all a most magical Christmas and a sparkling New Year.

 




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