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Modern Art For Truro City

Modern Art for Truro City and the people of Truro.

In March of this year I was very proud indeed to present my painting ‘Three Spires Under Blue Skies’ to the Mayor of Truro, John Tamblyn, and a full meeting of Truro City Council.   To all Truronians and in fact all Cornish men and women the Three Spires are instantly recognisable and synonymous our capital, being the Three Spires of  Truro Cathedral.

Three Spires Under Blue Skies - Truro City Council - Chris Billington Modern Art For Truro City 2018

Three Spires Under Blue Skies – Truro City Council 2018

As my Cornish ancestry goes back unbroken and for over 400 years as far as I can trace on my mother’s side this was a special moment for me.   Three Spires Under Blue Skies is an homage to ALL of the Cornish men and women from all backgrounds who have come before me.   Those who have worked in mining, fishing , agriculture and other trades  and professions vital to the economy of Cornwall and whose blood, sweat and tears forged this wonderful County and magnificent City out of the rugged Cornish granite landscape and Cornish Tin into the irresistible magnet that it is today.

Three Spires Under Blue Skies is for future generations to enjoy.    When I presented  the painting to the Council  I was told that it would be displayed in the Council Chambers for a few months before going into special storage at the end of the summer along with all of the portraits of past Mayors and works of art for safe keeping.   This would be done in readiness for the major redevelopment of the Truro Municipal Building which houses the City Council Chambers and The Hall For Cornwall.   In the meantime Truro City Council and the Mayor’s Office have now temporarily relocated to Union Place in Truro which will be their home until 2020.

Further details of this exciting renewal project for the City can be found at Transforming Hall For Cornwall

With further images and information at the Architect and Urban Designers BURRELL|FOLEY|FISCHER

I was even more delighted to be told this week that the current Mayor of Truro, Lindsay Southcombe, was so taken with Three Spires Under Blue Skies that rather than have the painting put into storage she had it installed in the temporary Mayor’s Parlour.   Thank you Madam Mayor.

Three Spires Under Blue Skies - Truro City Mayor's Parlour - Chris Billington Modern Art For Truro City 2018

Three Spires Under Blue Skies – Truro City Mayor’s Parlour – Modern Art For Truro City 2018




Talking Art and Music With SourceFM Radio

On Friday I shall be talking Art and Music with SourceFM as a guest on Andy Coote’s radio show, Thank Source It’s Friday.

We will be discussing my newly launched Cornish  record label jynnji, and I will be sharing some music with Andy and his listeners, and hopefully including one or two exclusive first radio airings.

Also I shall be doing an official handover of my 2015 painting ‘Six Choughs Over Kynance’ which I donated to the recent SourceFM Crowdfunding project which was run to raise funds for their much needed studio accessibility upgrade.

SourceFM is one of those most valuable of resources, a proper community radio station, run by the local people for the benefit of the local people.

I am absolutely delighted that ‘Six Choughs Over Kynance’ sold for £600 .   As a result of all of the hard work of the SourceFM team and thanks to the generosity of the Cornish community on 1st October 2018 SourceFM successfully raised £6,130 with 95 supporters in 35 days.

Six Choughs Over Kynance, 2015, 12 x 12in - Chris Billington sold for £600 for SourceFM Crowdfunder October 2018

Six Choughs Over Kynance, 2015, 12 x 12in – sold for £600 for SourceFM




jynnji records

jynnji records are go!

jynnji - a distinctly Cornish independent record label

 

 

jynnji – a distinctly Cornish independent record label

Apologies for the very sparse updates on my art, as always there is currently a lot of activity in the ArtLab with several paintings in progress, including two new commissions that I have recently taken on.   But I am delighted to announce that jynnji records, a side project which I have been working on for the past few months, is now up and running.

Obviously this is a fledgling enterprise but it is my hope that the label will attract some interest and that it will grow organically over time.    It is my intention that the label will focus on Cornish talent, although not exclusively, and that there is a strong sense of Cornish identity.

Naturally as a project jynnji should fit in well around my painting, of which there really is plenty of news but I will leave that for a future post.   Going forward I see running my new record label dovetailing nicely with my art.

The first label release, the “Sunrise EP”,  is imminent.   It is a four track live EP from Loic Rich, recorded in glorious mono at St John Church Truro in February of this year and mastered at my ArtLab.

Loic is a Cornish singer songwriter who has steadily built up a following in Cornwall and the West Country through his extensive gig schedule over the years and the Sunrise EP captures that authentic live sound well.  More information on the release and jynnji can be found here.

 




Sold Art | Oceans Of Europa | Art Mentoring

Sold Art, Oceans Of Europa, Art Mentoring and Chaos with Dinosaurs – some of my 2017 highlights

2017 was another successful year of work completed and sold art, with paintings sold ranging in subject matter from the ancient Cornish Hill of ‘Carn Marth’ to the depths of space, it was also a year in which I was privileged to be able to unleash some creativity and ‘Chaos with dinosaurs’ via a very special group of young adults..

Sold art last year included ‘Oceans Of Europa’ my 2017 painting depicting Jupiter’s moon Europa, which scientists believe has turbulent oceans beneath it’s frozen sixty mile plus deep outer layer.   Research suggests that these oceans may also have an Earth like chemical balance.  ‘Oceans Of Europa’ is my thinking of where this discovery might fit in the overall scheme of things.

Oceans Of Europa, 2017 acrylic on canvas, 28 x 24in, Modern Art by British Artist Chris Billington - Sold Art

Oceans Of Europa, 2017 acrylic on canvas, 28 x 24in, Chris Billington – Sold Art

I am always honoured and most grateful to all who continue to support and believe in my work, especially to those who have bought my paintings for the first time and my clients who continue to add to their collections of Billington’s.   I am particularly pleased that during early 2017 I sold a work of art to a most respected and highly esteemed art auctioneer.   It was gratifying to have been told by the auctioneer that he wanted to buy my 2011 painting ‘Saltdean’, from my Lido Exhibition of paintings of the same year at The Stoneman Gallery in Penzance.   ‘Saltdean’, he told me, was to be the only piece he would hang in the lounge of his waterside residence, overlooking the harbour.   Quite an endorsement from a professional art dealer who has seen many great pieces of art during his prestigious career and could have the pick from hundreds, if not thousands, of talented artists.   I am positive that ‘Saltdean’ will bring him many years of joy.

Saltdean, 2011 acrylic on canvas, 28 x 24in, Modern Art by British Artist Chris Billington - Sold Art

Saltdean, 2011 acrylic on canvas, 28 x 24in, Chris Billington – Sold Art

In addition to Saltdean, other sold art on 2017 from previous exhibitions included ‘Dark Side Of The Eifel’, a painting also from 2011, which featured in the Kunstaustellung im Kulturraum Kall  and also my solo exhibition ‘Black Kites : Eifel Gold’ in Bad Munstereifel, Germany

Dark Side of The Eifel, 2011 acrylic on canvas, 20 x 15in, Modern Art by British Artist Chris Billington - Sold Art

Dark Side of The Eifel, 2011 acrylic on canvas, 20 x 15in, Chris Billington – Sold Art

Paintings sold last year also included ‘Fire Of Transformation’ from my  ‘2102 ~ Signs, Secrets & Symbols’ exhibition at The ArtHouse Gallery, Bournemouth

Fire of Transformation, 2012 acrylic on canvas, 50 x 50cm, Modern Art by British Artist Chris Billington - Sold Art

Fire of Transformation, 2012 acrylic on canvas, 50 x 50cm, Chris Billington – Sold Art

And my painting ‘Cycledelic’ from my 2014 Liverpool solo exhibition, Punk – The Transatlantic Paintings.

Cycledelic, 2014 acrylic on canvas, 20 x 22in, Modern Art by British Artist Chris Billington - Sold Art

Cycledelic, 2014 acrylic on canvas, 20 x 22in, Chris Billington – Sold Art

Other paintings sold in 2017 include Carn Marth, one of my paintings  with a focus on important sites in Cornwall, a theme which I revisit from time to time.  This painting was also from 2011.  Carn Marth is a Cornish site of landscape significance, it lies between the town of Redruth and the village of Lanner and is 771ft high.    In the 1980’s the Carn was purchased by The Carn Marth Trust in order to keep the ancient hill public and prevent the re-opening of granite quarrying.

The trust now run a fabulous events amphitheatre which features live music, film and theatre productions during the summer months.

Carn Marth, 2011 acrylic on canvas, 40 x 100cm, Modern Art by British Artist Chris Billington - Sold Art

Carn Marth, 2011 acrylic on canvas, 40 x 100cm, Chris Billington – Sold Art

2017 was a busy year with various ongoing projects, including completing some private commissions.   However a real highlight of 2017 for me was my involvement in art mentoring a gifted group of young people from the Chaos Youth Club in Truro.

The Chaos Youth Club is a club for young adults, 11+ and is part of the  Cafe Chaos – Cornwall Down’s Syndrome Support Group.   With a colourful collection of art materials and aided by a bucket of dinosaurs which I brought along to stimulate the creative flow I soon had the group making some very expressive art and I look forward to my next art mentoring session with them in 2018.

Here are a few photographs of some of the results.

Art mentoring at the Chaos Youth Club, Cafe Chaos - Cornwall Down's Syndrome Support Group - Chris Billington

Art mentoring at the Chaos Youth Club, Cafe Chaos – Cornwall Down’s Syndrome Support Group – Chris Billington

 

Art mentoring at the Chaos Youth Club, Cafe Chaos - Cornwall Down's Syndrome Support Group - Chris Billington (2)

Art mentoring at the Chaos Youth Club, Cafe Chaos – Cornwall Down’s Syndrome Support Group – Chris Billington

 

Art mentoring at the Chaos Youth Club, Cafe Chaos - Cornwall Dow

Art mentoring at the Chaos Youth Club, Cafe Chaos – Cornwall Down’s Syndrome Support Group – Chris Billington

 

Art mentoring at the Chaos Youth Club, Cafe Chaos - Cornwall Down's Syndrome Support Group - Chris Billington (3)

Art mentoring at the Chaos Youth Club, Cafe Chaos – Cornwall Down’s Syndrome Support Group – Chris Billington

 

Art mentoring at the Chaos Youth Club, Cafe Chaos - Cornwall Down's Syndrome Support Group - Chris Billington (6)

Art mentoring at the Chaos Youth Club, Cafe Chaos – Cornwall Down’s Syndrome Support Group – Chris Billington

 

Art mentoring at the Chaos Youth Club, Cafe Chaos - Cornwall Down's Syndrome Support Group - Chris Billington (4)

Art mentoring at the Chaos Youth Club, Cafe Chaos – Cornwall Down’s Syndrome Support Group – Chris Billington

 

Art mentoring at the Chaos Youth Club, Cafe Chaos - Cornwall Down's Syndrome Support Group - Chris Billington (7)

Art mentoring at the Chaos Youth Club, Cafe Chaos – Cornwall Down’s Syndrome Support Group – Chris Billington

Once again my most heartfelt thank you to all supporters and fans of my art both here in the UK and from around the world.  I sincerely hope that as we move into the second month of 2018, this year brings you everything that you wish for.  As many of you know, it is my firm belief that ‘anything is possible’!

Gravitational Wave, 2010 acrylic on canvas, 120 x 100cm - Anything Is Possible - Modern Art by British Artist Chris Billington 2018

Gravitational Wave, 2010 acrylic on canvas, 120 x 100cm – Anything Is Possible – Chris Billington 2018




Snowdonia – Happy Christmas 2017

Nadelik Lowen - Happy Christmas - Nadolig Llawen

Snowdonia (2017) - 32in x 30in, acrylic on canvas - Chris Billington, British Modern Artist

Snowdonia (2017) – 32in x 30in, acrylic on canvas – Chris Billington

Fortunate enough to have a pure Celtic lineage going back centuries on my Mother’s side, I am also blessed with a rich Welsh ancestry from my grandmother on my Fathers side.  My 2017 Christmas painting of Snowdonia is a re-connection with some of my Welsh roots and is the result of spending much of 2017, amongst the wonderful Welsh people, in the stunning countryside of North Wales.

Happy Christmas, Peace and Joy on Earth and goodwill to all.

 




Superhero Charlie Lyne

I was recently mentioned in an article in the local press, which has now been added to my press page, but this time the article was not about me, it was about a very special boy, a Superhero Charlie Lyne.

Superhero Charlie Lyne at home with colour - Chris Billington

Superhero Charlie Lyne at home with colour

 

 

 

 

Superhero Charlie Lyne finished drawing at home - Chris Billington

Superhero Charlie Lyne  at home with a finished drawing

 

Charlie is a Cornish teenager and from time to time, over the past few months, I have been guiding and mentoring him with some art at his home and in my studio.

Superhero Charlie Lyne art at home with Chris Billington

Superhero Charlie Lyne art at home with Chris Billington

 

Charlie has Down’s Syndrome and he lives in a wonderful world populated by superheroes, mainly Marvel Heroes because it would seem that they are a little bit superior to those from the DC stable. But as I see it the greatest of them is Superhero Charlie Lyne himself, he lights up the lives of those around him and can often be seen sporting his cape or his flash logo around the village where he lives.

Charlie Lyne - superheroes in the studio - Chris Billington

Charlie Lyne – superheroes in the studio – Chris Billington

 

In addition to a most amazing imagination Charlie has a clarity of thought and a refreshingly direct way of communicating which I see when we are together, much of which comes out in his art. I have been helping him by encouraging him to think freely and to be fearless in his decisions and through the creative process Charlie has gained confidence. As can be seen from the press piece by Emma Ferguson of the Helston Packet Charlie will take on any task with enthusiasm.

Superhero Charlie Lyne art in the studio with Chris Billington

Superhero Charlie Lyne with his art in the studio with Chris Billington

 

Charlie is keen to learn and is now aware that although there is a serious side to making art, it can be a fun way of self expression. Of course with Charlie everything always seems to come back to superheroes. My 2010 painting ‘Democracy’ hanging in my studio is one of his favourite pieces of art.    Charlie tells me that this painting is us!   We are the ‘X Men’.

Superhero Charlie Lyne X Man with 'Democracy' in the studio - Chris Billington

Superhero Charlie Lyne X Man with ‘Democracy’ in the studio – Chris Billington

 

I think that going forward Charlie may well take his creativity into catering but for now I want to share some of his magic with you because today Charlie is Captain America!

Superhero Charlie Lyne, today he is Captain America - Chris Billington

Superhero Charlie Lyne – today he is Captain America!




A New Year Of Shining Possibilities

Welcome into a New Year year of shining possibilities in 2017.

Chris Billington with 'Rubber City Rebels', 2014, wishing you a New Year of Shining Possibilities 2017

Chris Billington with ‘Rubber City Rebels’, 2014, wishing you a New Year of Shining Possibilities 2017

As we are well into a New Year, and as is usual for me this time of year, I am taking a look back at the year just passed.

December is always a special opportunity for me to spend some quality time with friends, patrons and supporters of my work in and around my home County of Cornwall and last month was no exception. This year I have decided to include a few photographs of some of my art held in private collections fairly local to my studio, some of which are quite extensive, and which I have the privilege of revisiting  from time to time here in Cornwall.

Private Collection of Chris Billington Paintings, Modern Art, Penzance, Cornwall Dec 2016

Private Collection of Chris Billington Paintings, Modern Art, Penzance, Cornwall Dec 2016

 

Private Collection of Chris Billington Paintings - 'Mischief', 2010, 'Diving Platform Weston-Super-Mare', 2011, 'Gyllyngvase VIII', 2009 - Truro, Cornwall Dec 2016

Private Collection of Chris Billington Paintings – ‘Mischief’, 2010, ‘Diving Platform Weston-Super-Mare’, 2011, ‘Gyllyngvase VIII’, 2009 – Truro, Cornwall Dec 2016

 

Private Collection of Chris Billington Paintings - 'Penzance Promenade', 2008, 'Fractions Of Horus', 2012, 'The Cheesewring', 2009, 'Carn Euny', 2011, 'The Holly'. 2012 - Penzance, Cornwall Dec 2016

Private Collection of Chris Billington Paintings – ‘Penzance Promenade’, 2008, ‘Fractions Of Horus’, 2012, ‘The Cheesewring’, 2009, ‘Carn Euny’, 2011, ‘The Holly’. 2012 – Penzance, Cornwall Dec 2016

 

Private Collection of Chris Billington Paintings, 'Shot By Both Sides', 2014, 'Sliding Into The Sunshine, Victoria Park', 2011 - Penzance, Cornwall Dec 2016

Private Collection of Chris Billington Paintings, ‘Shot By Both Sides’, 2014, ‘Sliding Into The Sunshine, Victoria Park’, 2011 – Penzance, Cornwall Dec 2016

During 2016 I was involved in a variety of interesting projects, including work for the recently reformed Spitfire Boys and The Spice Boys. and I spent far too many hours in front of screens working on computer art. In particular my latest piece of digital art, ‘Shining Possibilities’, a creation which has taken many more hours to complete than I anticipated, which is part of the reason why I am posting this toward the end of January rather than the beginning.

Shining Possibilities, 2017, 43 x 33cm - Chris Billington Computer Art

Shining Possibilities, 2017, 43 x 33cm

In a related way, a hybrid of cover art and computers, I was intrigued to have been contacted by PG Online early last year when they invited me to supply cover art for a set of GCSE Teaching Units on Computer Science. The artwork was based on a selection of my physical paintings, chosen by Rob Heathcote of PG Online.

Edexcel GCSE Computer Science - PG Online - Chris Billington artwork

Edexcel GCSE Computer Science – PG Online

I was delighted to be asked to participate and the full set of six GCSE Teaching Units on Computer Science can be found at PG Online below.

Going forward into 2017 I am already hard at work in the ArtLab, my studio here in Cornwall, and have started work on two commissioned paintings.  I shall continue to develop my digital art alongside my conventional painting, I am also working on an experimental film project which is progressing slowly. I have several offers to exhibit later this year at home and abroad, all of which I am considering, so I shall see where 2017 takes me. In any event my art is as ever branching out in different directions but always strongly underpinned by my painting.

Once again thank you to all of my friends, family and supporters of my art both here in the UK and from around the world. Thank you for sticking with me and for your kind interest in my art and for taking the time to read my sporadic updates. As I have said before, you are each and every one of you intrinsic to my creativity.

Private Collection of Chris Billington Paintings - 'Muriel', 2010, 'And Accordingly The Knowledgable Shall Proceed', 2012, - Penryn, Cornwall Dec 2016

Private Collection of Chris Billington Paintings – ‘Muriel’, 2010, ‘And Accordingly The Knowledgable Shall Proceed’, 2012, – Penryn, Cornwall Dec 2016

Your love is the engine of my art and I wish you all a New Year of Shining Possibilities.

PG Online




Tinth – Happy Christmas One And All

Celebrating Tinth and Christmas at one and the same time.

In 2016  the Counties of Cornwall and Devon staged some fabulous events to celebrate Tinth.   Marking the tenth anniversary of Cornish Mining and mining sites in Cornwall and Devon achieving World Heritage Site status in 2006.

An appropriate time for me to re-visit tin mining as a subject to paint, one which I have not really covered much since my 2009 Cornwall Mines and Monuments, Cornwall Heritage Exhibition.    Tinth  has a special resonance with me given my own personal family mining heritage.   Not only Tin Mining as a motif to paint, I am also privileged to have worked in two of the last operating Cornish Tin Mines, Wheal Jane – the subject of the painting – and Mt Wellington Mine.   Furthermore because my mother was one of 3 girls and born at a time when women no longer worked in the industry,  hers is the only generation in my family going back to before the English Civil War that was not employed in the tin mining industry.

For at least 400 years, and probably much further back, every single generation on my mothers side, with the exception of her and her two sisters, worked in the Cornish Mines right up to and including me.

As the year comes to an end and in yet another break from my usual tradition of sending out ‘Cosmic Christmas’ cards I have used my  recently completed Tinth painting ‘Tinth ~ Wheal Jane Mine’ as the basis for my 2016 Christmas Card

Tinth - Wheal Jane Mine, 2016 acrylic on canvas 30x36in - Modern Art by British Artist Chris Billington

Tinth – Wheal Jane Mine, 2016 acrylic on canvas 30x36in

‘Tinth – Whean Jane Mine’ is my celebration of the tenth anniversary of World Heritage Stutus for our tin mining industry.   It is also a celebration of the blood , sweat and hard work of an exceptional breed of men who have gone before.   It is a celebration of an industry that created great wealth for Cornwall and Cornish folk but sadly took the lives of many.

Furthermore “Tinth – Wheal Jane Mine” is especially dedicated to my late grandfather Edward Henry “Eddie” Date who worked East Pool and South Crofty Mines.   It is also an homage to my Great, Great Uncle Nicholas Date who carried his 25 yo pal Thomas Kessell back to the surface after a mining accident involving a chain breaking on a kibble at 220 fathoms in Dolcoath Mine in March 1863.   This was in the Wheal Harriett part of the mine but during the accident Thomas fell a further 10 fathoms and Nicholas went  down to get him and tried to save his life and carried him back up to the top with as much speed as he could .  Thomas never recovered consciousness and died minutes after he had been brought back above ground.   Finally the painting is also for my Great, Great, Great Uncle Nicholas Date Junior who blew himself up in a dynamite accident underground at Wheal Vor in November 1838.

Eddie Date and fellow miners 1600ft underground East Pool Mine 1934 - Chris Billington

Eddie Date, front row left side, and fellow miners 1600ft underground East Pool Mine 1934

An apt reminder of the power and glory of a bygone industry and the bold and fearless men and women behind it.

Wheal Jane Mine and tailings dam c1988 - Chris Billington 2016

Wheal Jane Mine and tailings dam c1988 – Chris Billington 2016

I am proud to share “Tinth – Wheal Jane Mine” as my Christmas Card for 2016, and as usual it goes out to my loyal patrons, friends, and supporters of my art both here in the UK and the rest of the world.

Happy Christmas One And All.




The Spice Boys Christmas Single

The Spice Boys Christmas single is just the tonic for a proper punk style Christmas,  and yes it is very explicit!

The Spice Boys Christmas single - Chris Billington Artwork 2016

The Spice Boys Christmas single

 

I am delighted to have been commissioned for the artwork on the new Christmas single by The Spice Boys.

Featuring Pete Griffiths (Spitfire Boys) on vocals this is definitely no soft Happy Holidays offering.

Buy it now and spice up your Christmas, you know you want to.

 

 

Available now on Amazon at an almost giveaway Christmas price!

The Spice Boys on Amazon

And news on Pete Griffiths and the Spitfire Boys can be found on the Spitfire Boys facebook page.




Anthem for Leonard Cohen

Anthem for Leonard Cohen – There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.

An homage to the words, music, art and life of the late Leonard Cohen (September 21, 1934–November 7, 2016).

There are no words that I can add to the many glowing tributes to Leonard Cohen that have been published these past few weeks.

His precisely crafted poems and songs were light bringers, cloaked in darkness, resonating with millions across the generations.   He had the skill to make the complex seem effortless but the poems and lyrics of Leonard Cohen often took many agonising years to perfect.   The song Anthem took Leonard Cohen a decade to complete.   My small gesture of appreciation of the same name is a piece of digital art.   In contrast to Leonard my Anthem has only taken a mere 100 or so hours to create but it is a conduit of my feelings of love for the man and his work.

Thank you for your beautiful life Leonard Cohen.

The thumbnail links to a larger image which has also been added to my Computer Art | Digital Art | Machine Art Gallery.

Anthem for Leonard Cohen, 2016, 14 x 14in Computer Art | Digital Art | Machine Art by Chris Billington

Anthem for Leonard Cohen, 2016, 14 x 14in




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