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Love Machine ~ Computer Art

Love Machine has been generated entirely from code and computer software.

This is the release of my first exclusively machine art for quite some time.    Since  ‘The 29th Day’ back in 2012 in fact and it heralds the start of  a new direction in my digital art processing.

I see this as an aspect of my work which will become more prevalent in 2016.   My experiments with digital technology  and Electronic Art will run parallel with my traditional painting.   However I  envisage that the two areas  will at times mesh more closely, and also along with other strands of my art practice.

This stronger emphasis on creative experimental work in the digital domain will compliment and not replace my painting.

Love Machine was created to coincide with Valentine’s Day.

 

Love Machine (2016) ~ Computer Art ~ Chris Billington

Love Machine (2016) ~ Computer Art ~ Chris Billington

Computer art generated by Grey Matter and Deep Blue in my ArtLab in Cornwall.






Happy New Year 2016

Happy New Year 2016 to one and all from the Cornwall and France studios of Chris Billington.

May your year sparkle with light and be brimful of colour and wonder.

2015 Has been another very busy year for me  with various projects progressing well in the UK and France. In fact much of my time was spent in France and travelling between the two countries during the past year which has meant that I have not been able to dedicate as much time to my website.   A situation which I will try to improve on in the coming months.   Some of the art that I am currently working on I hope will be ready to be made public during 2016.

In a break with my tradition of keeping my immediate family private and off the internet I have to mention the birth of my beautiful granddaughter, Aria Pearl in my New Year message.

Happy New Year 2016 ~ Chris Billington with Aria Pearl

Happy New Year 2016 ~ Chris Billington with Aria Pearl

Born to my eldest daughter Jessica and her husband Jake a few weeks before Christmas, Aria Pearl is my fourth grandchild, each one adorable,  and she already seems to be captivated by the colours in my paintings in a similar way to my creative and eldest delightful granddaughter Abigail.  Aria is a beautiful reminder that there is nothing more precious or amazing than life itself and that each of us is an awesome shining star in the velvet black cosmos.

Also a big thank you for the overwhelming response to my 2015 Christmas Card, Cosmic Star Of Bethlehem.    As one or two of you know, I almost didn’t create one this year because I thought that you may have had enough of them by now, how wrong could I be!

As this New Year of 2016 is stretching out ahead like a roll of blank canvas, waiting for us to paint in the details of our lives, I would like to once again thank all of my friends family and supporters of my art from around the world, you are each and every one of you intrinsic to my creativity.

 




Cosmic Star Of Bethlehem

Cosmic Star Of Bethlehem continues my annual cosmic themed Christmas Card, after a break for my slightly more traditional  Nadelik – A Cornish Christmas card of last winter.

Star of wonder, star of night – The Star Of Bethlehem features on my Christmas card for the second time in the eight years since I started sending out annual cards.   It follows on from my 2011 card and painting “O Cosmic Star Of Bethlehem”, the original of which was sold to a collector in New York in early 2012, and it is taken from my final completed work of 2015 which can be seen below ~ The Cosmic Star Of Bethlehem ~ shining forth from the cosmos to illuminate the way for the Three Magi.

 

Cosmic Star Of Bethlehem (2015) - 42cm X 58cm - Chris Billington

Cosmic Star Of Bethlehem (2015) – 42cm X 58cm – Chris Billington

 

To my friends, followers and supporters of my work from around the world  I once more take the opportunity to wish you all a Christmas that sparkles with love and happiness and a peaceful and magical year to come.

 




We’ll Always Have Paris

Liberté Egalité Fraternité

As the civilised world stands shoulder to shoulder with France and her people,  and as a mark of solidarity with a nation that I love,  I have renamed my 2013 painting  “We’ll Always Have Delaunay”, which currently hangs in France,  to ‘We’ll Always Have Paris’,  the painting’s original working title.

'We'll Always Have Paris' - liberté égalité fraternité - November 13 - Chris Billington

‘We’ll Always Have Paris’ – liberté égalité fraternité – November 13




Modern Art Sales UK | USA

Recent modern art sales in the UK and USA.

Sales of paintings in the past few months include work sold to collectors in Los Angeles, London and Cornwall, all paintings from my 2014   ‘Punk – The Transatlantic Paintings’ exhibition, once again a huge thank you to all who continue to support my art.

Here are some of the paintings sold.

Anarchy In The UK (2014) - Chris Billington - Modern Art Sales UK | USA

Anarchy In The UK (2014) ~ 20in x 20in acrylic on wood panel ~ Chris Billington

 

Mittageisen (2014) - Chris Billington - Modern Art Sales UK | USA

Mittageisen (2014) ~ 36in X 24in mixed media on wood panel ~ Chris Billington

 

Pills (2014) - Chris Billington - Modern Art Sales UK | USA

Pills (2014) ~ 12in X 12in acrylic on wood panel ~ Chris Billington

 

And I am truly delighted that Praying Hands is now hanging in Devo HQ in Akron, Ohio, USA

Praying Hands (2014) - Chris Billington - Modern Art Sales UK | USA

Praying Hands (2014) ~ 40in X 32in acrylic on canvas ~ Chris Billington




Three Spires Under Blue Skies

“Three Spires Under Blue Skies” was painted as a result of my being approached by Truro City Council in October 2014 and asked to create the cover artwork for the 2015 Official Truro City Guide, thereby marking my move from Gweek back to Truro in the spring of the same year.   The majestic Truro Cathedral, with its famous three spires, was the obvious choice for the painting.

Distributed in outlets and retail premises across the city and to 60,000 homes in the city area it was a great honour to be approached for this publication, although the guide has been out for a few months now there are still a few copies around Truro.   The Guide is packed with information and ideas for all as the holiday season gets into full swing and last week I was contacted by a man on holiday from Leeds who having seen a copy tracked me down at my studio to buy a painting.

 

Three Spires Under Blue Skies ~  2105 Official Truro Guide ~ Chris Billington ~ Modern Art

Three Spires Under Blue Skies ~ 2105 Official Truro Guide ~ Chris Billington

 

However, the main reason for this post is to highlight the current plight of Truro City Cathedral

‘Sign a slate’ appeal for Truro Cathedral

Truro Cathedral has recently launched it’s ‘Sign A Slate’ appeal, a £3.2 million appeal for funds to repair the Cathedral roof, which has been in place since 1908 and is now in a bad state of repair.   The Cathedral is asking for people to ‘Sign a Slate’. Sixty thousand of them are needed to restore the roof and each slate will record the donor’s name, for the hundred years or more that the restored roof should last.

The Cathedral already has a Government grant of half a million pounds towards the project.  Starting this summer, the work is expected to take five years and whilst I think it would be more fitting for Delabole slate to be used on the project, the Welsh slate from Cwt-y-Bugail Quarry is probably a next best alternative.

It is people that form the heart of the cathedral and so it was very important to us to find a way for everyone to get involved and feel part of this important restoration project.

– DEAN OF TRURO, THE VERY REVEREND ROGER BUSH
Three Spires Under Blue Skies (2014) ~ 32in x 40in ~ acrylic on canvas ~ Chris Billington ~ Modern Art

Three Spires Under Blue Skies (2014) ~ 32in x 40in ~ acrylic on canvas ~ Chris Billington

 

More on Truro Cathedral and the Sign A Slate Appeal
For further news on Cornwall’s beautiful and vibrant Capital City visit

 

 






Atelier Art Studio In France

Apologies for the infrequent updates these past few months but I am in the process of setting up my new atelier art studio in France.

At the start of the year I took the decision to complement my studio and painting in Cornwall by adding a new dimension to my work with an atelier art studio in France.  I set out to find a special place and since the early part of the year I have made a few visits to France with the intention of finding a suitable property in the Poitou-Charentes region.

 

Aigre Church - in search of atelier art studio France - Chris Billington 2015.

Aigre Church – in search of atelier art studio France – Chris Billington 2015.

 

Start of the River Boutonne at Chef-Boutonne  - in search of atelier art studio France - Chris Billington 2015.

Start of the River Boutonne at Chef-Boutonne – in search of atelier art studio France – Chris Billington 2015.

 

Being well placed and noted for it’s light, due to the temperate climate which is claimed to be the sunniest area of the country after Provence and Languedoc Roussillon this region is home to some of the most beautiful architecture in France, particularly in Poitiers itself, which complete with some well preserved medieval heritage is the capital of the Vienne Department and also of the region of Poitou-Charentes.  Including the magnificent Poitiers Cathedral – Cathédrale Saint-Pierre de Poitiers – the building of which was started in the 12th Century by Henry II of England and Eleanor of Aquitaine, and the Palace of Justice – le Palais de Justice de Poitiers – originally the home of the Counts of Poitou and the Dukes of Aquitaine.

 

Cathédrale Saint-Pierre de Poitiers - in search of atelier art studio France - Chris Billington 2015.


Cathédrale Saint-Pierre de Poitiers – in search of atelier art studio France – Chris Billington 2015.

 

le Palais de justice de Poitiers - in search of atelier art studio France - Chris Billington 2015.

le Palais de justice de Poitiers – in search of atelier art studio France – Chris Billington 2015.

 

Given that I have a love of all things French and that I have a French agent, Michael Picoron, this is not a surprising step for me to take.  Being on the European mainland will make it easier for me to exhibit throughout France, and of course other European Countries, many of which I have exhibited in several times to date.   After much searching and covering hundreds of miles, criss-crossing the region all fuelled by gallons of fabulous French coffee I finally found the one that had the perfect space and ambience.

 

Fuelled by French coffee - in search of atelier art studio France - Chris Billington 2015.

Fuelled by French coffee – in search of atelier art studio France – Chris Billington 2015.

 

My new atelier art studio will be situated in the grounds of an old eighteenth century country house, a property with beautiful stone outbuildings all set in a wonderful wooded garden and it will be a place where I can produce some compelling work.

This will be a complete contrast to my Truro City Artlab and clearly it will take some time to complete the acquisition and get the atelier up and running but I will update the news accordingly as the project develops further.

 

World within a world  - in search of atelier art studio France - Chris Billington 2015.

World within a world – in search of atelier art studio France – Chris Billington 2015.

 

In the meantime my painting and current projects are progressing well in my studio in Cornwall.

 




Democracy

In the UK we are a week away from a general election and I am mindful of my 2010 painting ‘Democracy’ which hangs in my studio here in Cornwall.

 

'Democracy' (2010) ~ Chris Billington

‘Democracy’ (2010) ~ Chris Billington

 

We are told that this is the most uncertain British election for many years and it is easy to see why, the electorate has little appetite for a political system that has spawned an elite that is completely detached from reality.

Long gone are the days when people got into politics for the good of the nation, conviction politicians have been replaced by self interested politicians across all of the parties who really do seem to be in it for themselves, and to a man or woman they all seem incapable of answering questions in a straight way or of telling the truth.

The political elite is now populated by condescending politicians from the left such as Labour’s Emily Thornberry who sneer at the working class and the hypocrisy of Diane Abbott who wanted to ban private schools but sent her own son to one, and the ‘authentic’ David Cameron who summed up the Conservatives by scoring a massive own goal in mixing up the midlands club Aston Villa, of whom he is supposed to be a lifelong fan, with London’s West Ham. And somebody really should point out to Mr Cameron that rolling up shirt sleeves does not equate with passion.  What Nick Clegg and the Liberal Democrats did on tuition fees was unforgivable and of course almost the entire House of Commons was guilty of defrauding the British public whilst maintaining that they were keeping ‘within the spirit of the law’ during the members of parliament expenses scandal.

All three of the major parties have discredited politics with lies and false promises to the electorate over the past few years and their collective inability to answer the simplest of questions in a straight and honest way is astounding.  How on earth can the electorate trust any of them on any issue, or make a valid judgement on their policies when mostly they are not worth the paper they are written on.   To make matters worse a lot of the politicians of today have never done anything in life outside of politics, they are career politicians. It is little wonder that people are turning to UKIP, the SNP, Plaid Cymru, the DUP, the Greens and a myriad of smaller parties and independent politicians across the country looking for answers.

What is clear is that Democracy in the UK  is seriously broken and there is very little chance that any voter will wake up on May 8th with a government that they actually voted for.

It is clear that our political system has to change, because whichever way you look at it ‘Democracy is a double cross’

'Democracy' (2010) - 76cm x 50cm - acrylic on canvas - Chris Billington

‘Democracy’ (2010) – 76cm x 50cm – acrylic on canvas – Chris Billington

 




Bristol Corinthian At Axbridge

‘Bristol Corinthian At Axbridge’, my first commissioned art of 2015 has recently been completed and is now hanging in it’s new home in Somerset.

I was approached by a client last year who was keen for me to paint Cheddar Reservoir for his new home, the only brief being the size and that it was to be in my trademark colourful style.

Not really familiar with the reservoir I took a trip up from Cornwall to see it at first hand.   I walked it’s circumference on a bright sunny winter morning taking a few photographs as I went.   It is a concrete structure  and has an almost perfect circular shape and was built in the 1930’s, the same period during which many of the UK’s wonderful Lido structures of which I have a real love.  Featuring two distinctive concrete water towers which sit opposite each other the reservoir is framed graciously by lush green hills around it’s flanks.

Interestingly it was the first British reservoir to permit sailing and is home to the Bristol Corinthian Yacht Club, which was formed in 1931.   Seeing the various class of dinghy dotted around the grounds of the Bristol Corinthian YC clubhouse with their masts pointing at various angles towards the winter sun my final ideas and title for the painting of Cheddar reservoir were formulated.

Using my characteristic principle of basic design and vibrant colour ‘Bristol Corinthian At Axbridge’ is at once an homage to the seduction of a strikingly simple yet functional construction and the sailing club that have made use of its waters for almost a century.

 

Bristol Corinthian At Axbridge (2015) - 32in x 30in - Chris Billington

‘Bristol Corinthian At Axbridge’ (2015) – 32in x 30in – Chris Billington

 

Whilst the path and road around Cheddar Reservoir is not a Public Footpath, Bristol Water do permit access for people to walk the perimeter and also allow Fishing which is leased to the Cheddar Angling Club .

Cheddar Reservoir Leisure

Bristol Corinthian Yacht Club

 




The Painter and his Pug

It would seem that I now have several things in common with eighteenth century artist William Hogarth.  One was my 2013 foray into sequential art, a method for which Hogarth is credited as being a pioneer with his engravings such as A Harlot’s Progress.   Somewhat in the same degree my four paintings of Schirmer’s ‘Daytime Cycle’ for the Juelich Museum is a common factor and as of last week I have now joined the ranks of ‘the painter and his pug’.

 

The Painter and his Pug 1745 by William Hogarth (1697-1764) ~ Tate Britain

The Painter and his Pug 1745 by William Hogarth (1697-1764) ~ Tate Britain

 

William Hogarth (1697 – 1764) was a painter, printmaker, writer and engraver. Artistically he was particularly noted for his engravings and paintings of moral subjects, and also for his portraiture.  In addition he is regarded by many to have originated the use of purely pictorial and symbolic sequential language in the west with his sequential groups of engravings.    He was also known for his love of pugs, owning at least three during his lifetime and painting several during his career. The most famous one being ‘Trump’ which was immortalised in Hogarth’s 1745 self portrait ‘Painter and his Pug’, a painting that can be seen at Tate Britain.

One of the reasons why I have been fairly quiet with my website and social media recently is that last week I travelled up to London to collect a dog that needed rehoming which had just been placed with the wonderful folks at Battersea Dogs Home.

 

The Painter and his Pug ~ Chris Billington ~  Cornwall  Artlab 2015

The Painter and his Pug ~ Chris Billington ~ Cornwall Artlab 2015

 

She is a mischievous but very well mannered 7 month old pug puppy and I have named her Coco.   Naturally she is taking up quite a bit of my time but already she has settled in to her new life in Cornwall and seems very at home in my Artlab, wanting to spend as much time as she can in my studio.   Coco is a super addition to the family and will make a fine studio companion too.   Here she can be seen still sporting her Battersea blue collar.

 

The Painter and his Pug ~ Chris Billington and Coco ~ Cornwall Artlab 2015

The Painter and his Pug ~ Chris Billington and Coco ~ Cornwall Artlab 2015

 

Many thanks to the staff at Battersea, in particular to Nikki and the vet Phil for their invaluable help and guidance.

For more information on the United Kingdom’s oldest and most famous home for dogs and cats – Battersea Dogs & Cats Home

 




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