Happy New Year from Chris Billington
A little later than usual here is my brief roundup of my year in 2012 along with my best wishes for a Happy New Year to all of my supporters, friends, and followers around the world, may you all have a fabulous 2013.
‘Sterren ~ A Star For Cornwall’ (2012) ~ 90cm x 90cm ~ Chris Billington
Once again I thank you for being with me during the past twelve months and a particular thank you to all of the people who purchased paintings from me during 2012, several of whom have added to their collections of my work. I am immensely thankful for the comments and feedback which I regularly receive, especially when I read comments such as ‘Chris your art is the first thing that I see when I open my eyes in the morning, and it makes me feel so happy to be alive’ ~ long may my paintings light up your walls and lift up your lives.
Fire of Transformation ~ 50cm x 50cm ~ ’2012 ~ Signs, Secrets & Symbols’ at The ARThouse Gallery ~ Chris Billington
2012 was another remarkable year for me and my work, including a move into my new purpose built studio, which is still ongoing… a few of the other highlights are noted below.
The 29th Day ~ Amsterdam/Berlin ~ Chris Billington
Internationally my work has gone on to be exhibited in new territory ~ in Amsterdam, Berlin, Dubai and Italy ~ and I am exceptionally proud to be working with Michael Picoron who during the latter part of the year introduced my paintings to a French audience via several exhibitions in Northern France.
EARTH SUN MOON ~ an homage to Neil Armstrong ~ on exhibition Maubeuge, France ~ Chris Billington
I was also delighted to be invited to take part in the most interesting “Today I Dumped The Bodies” project in New York last April.
today I dumped The Body in New York ~ Chris Billington
Back here in the UK, in addition to mixed shows in Cornwall and London I was fortunate to have had two well received solo exhibitions, ’2012 – Signs, Secrets & Symbols’ for The ARThouse Gallery in Bournemouth, and finishing the year in full colour with my ‘Colours Of Christmas’ for The Blake Gallery in Gravesend.
Conductor Matthew Boyden ~ pictured with We Three Cosmic Kings at The Blake Gallery
Consolidating on the 2011 success of my ‘antiSocial Media Generation’ I was also thrilled that my short video ‘The Engine Room’ made its debut at Nottingham’s ‘Night of Festivals’ during the summer, and moving into a slightly different area it has been very gratifying to have been invited to write some notes on art for children in Cornwall’s leading family magazine, Octopus.
Also as in previous years, I have continued to raise money for local, national and international charities through donations of my paintings for auction.
Coming up in 2013 I am very excited to be exhibiting in London, Lille, Berlin, Basel and Julich, some very interesting paintings are underway in the studio, destined for France and Germany later in the year. One last point, I know that I have said this before but I really will try harder to keep my website properly updated, including the images of work previously sold, this should be easier for me when I am fully settled into the new studio.
Colours Of Christmas ~ Chris Billington
Finally, in addition to my many clients and friends I would like to say a thank you to some of the people behind the scenes, all members of the media and press who have reported on my work during the past year ~ Michael Picoron, Paul Watts, Neil Chamberlain, Nadia Spita, Sarah Ferrie, Neil Chandler, Gravesham Borough Council, Stephen Ballard, Lee Trewhela, MAF Räderscheidt , Mark Opie, Remko Spaan, Carolus Stoop, Elanit Kayne Jennifer Spruß and once again I thank you, the viewer from the bottom of my heart, for paying attention to what my art has to say, I am greatly honoured.