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Baldessari, Saatchi, Ryman & Sold Art

Modern Art Report – Baldessari, Saatchi, Ryman and Sold Art

Apologies for the lack of communication coming out of my studio these past few months, even by my standards this update is very late indeed, here are my notes on some highlights from 2019 and early 2020, hopefully followers of my work will find they were worth the wait.

Union Jacked – 2019 – acrylic on canvas 60 x 60cm
Private Collection Finland

Back in late January in what now seems like a very distant alternative reality, a world without this dreadful virus, I was about to update my website with news and highlights from 2019 and was thinking of some of the significant people that we had lost in that year from the world of art. Whilst the events that have unfolded since the start of the year, especially the horrendous death global death toll, have put a different perspective on things I would still like to pay tribute to a few super talented members of the art community from across all genres who we lost before before Covid 19. Notably two prodigious experimental filmmaker’s Jonas Mekas and Agnès Varda and minimalist painter Robert Ryman whose paintings are the very antithesis of my own work, mostly being monochrome and invariably on square supports. In fact my complete oeuvre to date only includes two black and white paintings, one being “On Thin Ice” from my “2012 – Signs, Secrets and Symbols” exhibition, the other being a commissioned still life from 2008. Ryman gave a special place to the world of white and his pieces, luxuriantly contemplative, have a serenity that always captivates me. “Legend” one of a series of 9 paintings from 1982, pictured below, is on display at the Tate Modern exhibition In the Studio: Painting with White and is free to enter.

Ledger – 1982 – Robert Ryman – Tate Modern © Robert Ryman

We also lost some incredible musicians in 2019 including Peter Tork of The Monkees and drummers Ginger Baker and Andy Anderson. Andy worked with everyone from Isaac Hayes to Edwin Collins as a session musician and was the drummer with several great bands bands during his career, notably The Cure and Hawkwind. Also back in January I received very sad news from a friend that Martin Griffin had just passed away. Martin of course was also a drummer, on the sticks with Hawklords and Hawkwind, and was something of a legend in the West Country. News of his death was particularly poignant for me as it was just over 40 years previously that I had recorded with him in his studio in Roche. Another giant who touched my life in a personal way was the pioneering conceptual artist John Baldessari, a Promethean towering man both physically and artistically, his artwork featuring in more than 300 solo exhibitions and 1000 group exhibitions during his life, he has left behind a phenomenal cultural legacy.

He started as an abstract painter, famously cremating all of his paintings from a 13 year period at a San Diego funeral home in 1970. After The Cremation Project 1970 Baldessari went on to embrace a proliferation of mediums, including painting, graduating to some mammoth public conceptual pieces and was referred to as a serial inventor. However his hallmark technique was his use of photography, particularly the process of placing black, white and coloured dots over the faces of the subjects in photographs and he certainly had a direct influence over the development of appropriation art. Playful and provocative, always at the heart of everything he did was his sense of humour and his counter revolution against what he saw as a staid art world that took itself too seriously. John Baldessai touched my life in a tiny personal way when in April 2011 I was invited to be a participant in his dynamic collaborative artwork “Your Name In Lights” at The Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.

Three Red Paintings – 1988 – John Baldessari – Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami
Gift of the Lannan Foundation © John Baldessari

A huge thank you to the friends and clients who have been sending messages and enquiring about my wellbeing these past few months of silence, here then, later than ever, are some of my personal high points from 2019 and early 2020.

The most marvellous news of 2019 took place last June when I was in the Saatchi Gallery in London with my good friend Dex and I took a call from my son-in-law telling me that I was a grandfather again. My youngest daughter Emily gave birth to a beautiful daughter Bronte, she was due around my birthday but was in no hurry and arrived safely a little late. I am now blessed with five granddaughters and one grandson and here she is at just over a year old, already flexing her creative talents!

Bronte flexing her creative muscles at 14 months old

With other news regarding Saatchi, I was delighted to have been contacted by the chief curator of Saatchi over in the USA with a request to commission an extra large 48 inch print of Rebecca – one of my paintings from my “Falmouth Working Boats” exhibition of 2011, the original of which is held in a private collection. “Rebecca” the print is now vibrantly hanging in a meeting room in a hotel in California on which Saatchi were working. So a big thank you once again Saatchi.

Rebecca – 2010 – acrylic on canvas – 48 x 40in print commissioned by Saatchi 2020

Also last August I was approached by the accomplished Spanish contemporary composer Antón Alcalde. He told me that he had recently premiered a commission written for large orchestra called ‘that pale blue dot ‘. Antón went on to say “the title was extrapolated from a Carl Sagan quote. I based organically the whole work taken as ‘cornerstone’ your masterpiece ‘The Earth is blue….. is beautiful’ (2009).” requesting use of the image of the painting to illustrate the cover of the composition. The original has long been in a large private collection of “Billington’s” but I am sure that this very special and ardent collector of my paintings will be equally as proud as I am that the image is now the cover art for a magnificent piece of music.

The Earth is blue…… is beautiful – 2009 – acrylic on canvas 100 x 40cm – Private Collection
Antón Alcalde – Pale Blue Dot – composition for large orchestra

On the subject of music, what news of Jynnji?

Jynnji and Jynnji Music, the label and Music Publishing arm grew meteorically exceeding all expectations during 2018/19. Wholly eclectic and style agnostic, Jynnji artists spanned the entire musical spectrum and all areas of the globe and the label’s reach was equally global and I was completely humbled and astounded by the amazing roster of talent on the label and the many more artists who wanted to work with me. A heartfelt thank you to each and every one of them, also to Lee at Cornwall Live/West Briton, Andy at Source FM, my distributors and to BBC Radio and all of the independent stations, journalists and music press, UK and international, who supported the Jynnji project during its short but very exciting life. It was with much regret that due to personal reasons I had to close the label down at the end of summer last year and I have nothing but the best wishes for all of the musicians who were on board. Hopefully they have moved on to bigger and better things and long may they continue to create such original music.

Regarding my painting, 2019 saw me sell my first piece of modern art into Finland, “Union Jacked”, which was commissioned by a lovely client who wanted a painting in the style of my work from my 2014 “Punk – The Transatlantic Paintings” exhibition. I am rather proud that this is the third country in the beguiling and most scintillating Nordic region where I now have paintings in private collections, the others being Sweden and Norway.

Union Jacked – 2019 – Private Collection, Finland

Among sold paintings during 2019 were two small studies of my often returned to theme of landscapes and landmarks in Cornwall art, St Michael’s Mount and Lizard Point. Other paintings sold included “K’ubul” and I was happy to see “Harmony of the Spheres” from the same “2012 – Signs, Secrets and Symbols” exhibition go to the home of a crazy super talented psycho-billy musician.

St Michael’s Mount III – 2018 – 6 x 8in
Private Collection
Lizard Point III – 2018 – acrylic on board 6 x 8in
Private Collection
Harmony of the Spheres -2012 – acrylic on canvas 50 x 50cm – Private Collection

Meanwhile I have several ongoing projects underway in the ArtLab, details of some of which I hope will be posted in due course. As always my sincere thanks for your continued interest in my art, especially to those that currently invest or have invested in my paintings.

K’ubul -2012 – acrylic on canvas 80 x 60cm – Private Collection



Christmas Razzmatazz

“Razzmatazz” is a painting from my 2012/13 Colours of Christmas Exhibition which was held at The Blake Gallery, Gravesend, Kent in December 2012 through January 2013 and the painting was acquired by a collector and is in a private collection in New York. In fact it is a collection of Chris Billington paintings that is one of the largest outside of the UK and for which I am humbled and this year I took the decision to use the Razzmatazz artwork as the image for my Christmas cards.

Razzmatazz, 2012 acrylic on canvas, 20 x 24in, Private Collection New York

This year I sent out fewer cards, at around 100, in order to be more efficient and environmentally friendly and also because some of the addresses I have been sending them out to are now over 10 years old. If you were on my Christmas card list and did not get a card this year but would still like to receive them in future please accept my apologies and simply drop me a line with “card” in the subject title and your details to info@chrisbillington.com and I will re-add you. I intend to keep sending them out while there is still demand from my clients and friends but as always this is under review.

Earlier in the month I packed up some blank cards, paper and an assortment of vibrant felt tip paint pens and crayons and held another one of my art sessions with some of the wonderfully talented members of the Cornwall Down’s Syndrome Youth Club. With these materials and aided with a few of the props that I also brought along with me they once again showed me how gifted they are and produced art that was imaginative and without bounds and I am sure that the creative session helped them to get into the mood for Christmas.

Cornwall Down’s Syndrome Youth Club – Charlie, Finn, Lexie and Rosie
Art With Chris Billington – December 2019

Time is one of the gifts that we can all share with each other and whether you celebrate Christmas or not, with all of its razzmattaz, I hope that you can spend some of this special time of the year with those who you love and care about during this festive period.

Cornwall Down’s Syndrome Youth Club – Art Time With Chris Billington – Christmas 2019

Happy Christmas to all from the studio of Chris Billington




2019

2019 : ArtLab : Chris Billington
2019 : ArtLab : Chris Billington


2019 The View From The ArtLab and Sold Art 2018

As 2019 is officially on us I thought that rather than the usual New Year, New Me message I would start the year with a big thank you to all of you who have been part of my journey as an artist. Not only is this a thank you, it is more of an open personal message to the people who have bought my art over the years and also those others who have shown tremendous love and support in everything that I do, starting with my wonderful wife Jennie, my amazingly talented children, and now their children, and of course my close friends. My family like to stay out of the limelight so they rarely get a mention but without them I am sure that I would not function well at all! It gives me immense pleasure to know that my particular take on modern art continues to bring great joy to so many, some of my sold art from last year are featured in this post. I have lost count on how many times I have been told that a particular painting or paintings of mine can be so uplifting and are a delight to wake up to. In addition to those who collect my art there are many from around the world, from Alaska to Wolfsburg, who regularly write to me and continue to follow me and my work. Some of whom have been doing so for over a decade, and I apologise for not always getting back to those emails and messages as I should but I always have good intentions.

Love Etc., 2009 acrylic on canvas, 100 x 70cm, Sold Art 2018, Modern Art by British Artist Chris Billington

Love Etc., 2009 acrylic on canvas, 100 x 70cm, Sold Art 2018

During 2018 I sold art through Saatchi and also direct to individual collectors from all walks of life, including a Police Detective, a Merchant Banker, a Retired Teacher, a Royal Mail Sorting Office employee and an Art Auction House Adminstrator. Thank you.

Spitfire Boys, 2018 acrylic on panel, 12 x 12in, Sold Art 2018, Modern Art by British Artist Chris Billington
Spitfire Boys, 2018 acrylic on panel, 12 x 12in, Sold Art 2018

I feel blessed and I am constantly humbled by the people who buy my art, Be it one painting or a love affair with and a collection of many of my paintings. One such family who collect my art made a studio visit during late summer and purchased “Spitfire Boys” and “Duo – An Optical Illusion” to add to their collection of Chris Billington Modern Art with which they are gradually filling up their beautiful old farmhouse in East Sussex, “Duo – An Optical Illusion” is pictured below in its new home in which a previously purchased painting of mine, “Diving In Brockwell Park, 20 x 22in, from my 2011 Stoneman Gallery Lido Exhibition, can be seen at the bottom of the stairs.

Also included in my sold art of 2018 was a painting which was commissioned by a client after seeing my painting for Truro City Council, ‘Three Spires Under Blue Skies’ hanging in the Council Chambers at Truro City Hall. I do not often revisit a subject with an almost identical painting but on this occassion I made an exception, the resulting 100 x 120cm painting ‘Three Spires Under Bluer Skies’ can be seen below in its new Truro home.

Three Spires Under Bluer Skies, 2018 acrylic on canvas, 100 x 120cm, Sold Art 2018, Modern Art by British Artist Chris Billington
Three Spires Under Bluer Skies, 2018 acrylic on canvas, 100 x 120cm, Sold Art 2018




Duo - An Optical Illusion, 2010 acrylic on wood panels, 120 x 40cm, Sold Art 2018 East Sussex-Modern Art by British Artist Chris Billington
Duo – An Optical Illusion, 2010 acrylic on wood panels, 120 x 40cm, Sold Art 2018 East Sussex
Spifire Boys, 2018 acrylic on panel, 30 x 30cm, Sold Art 2018 East Sussex-Modern Art by British Artist Chris Billington.jpg
Spifire Boys, 2018 acrylic on panel, 30 x 30cm, Sold Art 2018 East Sussex

I rarely respond to requests for art from charities and fundraisers these days as I have given away many paintings over the years. However I was most pleased to have donated a 12 x 12in painting ‘Six Choughs Over Kynance’  to help Falmouth’s Local Community Radio Station SourceFM with their Crowdfunding effort to raise funds for their studio accessibility upgrade project. I am delighted that ‘Six Choughs Over Kynance’ sold for £600, raising well over half a thousand pounds towards the fabulous grand total of £6,130 successfully raised by the unpaid volunteer station staff, with 95 supporters in 35 days

Six Choughs Over Kynance, 2015,  12 x 12in - Raised £600 for SourceFM 2018 Fundraiser -Chris Billington.JPG
Six Choughs Over Kynance, 2015, 12 x 12in sold for £600 for SourceFM

The other notable milestone for me in 2018 was the launch of Jynnji Records in September. I am simply overwhelmed by the support that my label is getting, both from within and without the industry and I do realise that particularly in the early stages a lot of the interest is coming from supporters of my art, once again thank you to all. In an age of information and attention seeking overload I am gratified to know that there are people who are genuinely interested in all of my art output in whatever form. Unlike many, one thing that I try not to do is bombard you with useless information and updates merely because I like the sound of my own voice. If I have nothing to say you can be assured that I will not post for the sake of it. The downside of this approach is that I do not update this site regularly but with a lot more happening with Jynnji the updates will be a little more frequent!

Crossing The Red Sea, 2014 acrylic on panel, 12 x 12in, Sold Art 2018, Modern Art by British Artist Chris Billington
Crossing The Red Sea, 2014 acrylic on panel, 12 x 12in, Sold Art 2018

So on to 2019

Obviously a main focus of my attention and energy for this coming year is Jynnji. The label is growing organically and gathering fans and I am very carefully and slowly adding to the Jynnji family of artists. The latest signing – a Prog Rock Band, Dark Corners – illustrating how eclectic the label is. My aim is genuinely to try and do things a little different, for Jynnji acts and for Jynnji fans, and there should be some excting developments in 2019. Starting this week, we have begun recording the debut album from Loic Rich, working title Here I Am, and followed up mid January by our first release of 2019, the debut album by Greek sound, synth and Theremin experementalist Lambro Papazois of elconEstharoe. This will be followed by the debut release by Dark Corners, an EP to introduce their brand of Prog Rock music to the world!

This does not mean that my painting will suffer from neglect, rather it just means that I have to stretch a little more time out of each day! I am currently working on some larger paintings which will all be completed in 2019 and later in January, once we have recorded the new album for Loic I shall be back in the ArtLab working on a completely new painting which I hope will become the centrepiece of my work in 2019.

Chris Billington with Frankie Dettori - North Bank, Emirates Stadium 22.04.18, last Home London Derby, Arsenal v West Ham for Arsene Wenger
Chris Billington with Frankie Dettori – North Bank, Emirates Stadium 22.04.18

On a completely different note, I was thrilled to be able to make the last Home London Derby for Arsene Wenger in April last year in which Arsenal had an emphatic win against West Ham 4-1. Here is a photo taken pre-match with me and the wonderful Frankie Dettori outside the North Bank. The atmosphere in the ground was phenomenal. Good Luck Arsenal and new head coach Unai Emery in 2019!

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, and thank you for embracing my new project Jynnji.  I sincerely hope that 2019 this brings you everything that you wish for.  And as always as we head into 2019 it is my firm belief that ‘anything is possible’, have the best year and as a reminder of the beauty of all things my first Camelia of 2019 burst into life on January 1st, right on cue!

View from the ArtLab my first Camelia of 2019 burst into life on 1st Jan - Chris Billington
View from the ArtLab my first Camelia of 2019 burst into life on 1st Jan – Chris Billington



Christmas Greetings

Nadelik Lowen – Christmas Greetings and a healthy and prosperous 2019 to One and All!

This is the eleventh consecutive year that I have sent out over 100 Christmas cards which are based on my annual Christmas painting. For over a decade these cards have been delivered around the world to followers of my art, my friends and collectors of my paintings. Some of whom have all eleven cards now. I was going to stop at ten but due to demand I have decided to keep producing them for a while longer, I have however reduced the number slightly for 2018 due to having had zero feedback from a small number of recipients for a few years and I am unsure if some cards were perhaps no longer reaching the right people .

For my 2018 Christmas card I have revisited both the Mousehole Lights and the Cosmic themes with “Cosmic Lights Mousehole – St Clement’s Island Celtic Cross”

Cosmic Lights Mousehole - St Clement’s Island Celtic Cross 2018 acrylic on canvas, 24 x 24in - Chris Billington Christmas Painting 2018 - Modern Art
Cosmic Lights Mousehole – St Clement’s Island Celtic Cross 2018 acrylic on canvas, 24 x 24in

I wish you Love, Light and Peace at Christmas

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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!




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