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b. 1955, United Kingdom

David Batchelor Biography

David Batchelor's work is concerned above all things with colour, a sheer delight in the myriad brilliant hues of the urban environment and underlined by a critical concern with how we see and respond to colour in this advanced technological age.

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His studio is a treasure trove piled high with an endless variety of fluorescent plastic objects - clothes pegs, fly-swatters, buckets, spades, children's toys, empty bottles of household products - found in pound shops and markets in cities the world over. He combines these everyday items with a range of light-industrial materials: steel shelving, commercial lightboxes, neon tubing, warehouse dollies, acrylics, plastics and so on to produce extraordinary installations which exalt the ordinary and celebrate the lurid and trashy whilst being, in themselves, often mesmerisingly beautiful.

Batchelor was born in Dundee in 1955 and lives and works in London. In 2013, a major solo exhibition of Batchelor's two-dimensional work, Flatlands, was displayed at Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh and toured to Spike Island, Bristol. Batchelor's work was included in the landmark group exhibition Adventures of the Black Square: Abstract Art and Society 1915 - 2015 at Whitechapel Gallery, London. A separate exhibition of Batchelor's Monochrome Archive (1997-2015) was also on display at Whitechapel Gallery until May 2015.

Batchelor's portfolio includes a number of major public artworks including a commission for the British Council headquarters in Hong Kong, a site-specific work for the McManus Galleries in Dundee, a 10-metre high light installation at the Archway Tube Station in London, and a major commission for St. Pancras International Station entitled Chromolocomotion. His most recent commission in 2015, was Chromorama, situated in Broadgate, London.

Batchelor has written and edited a number of books including The Luminous and the Grey (2014), Found Monochromes (2010) and Colour (2008) and Chromophobia (2000).

Text courtesy Ingleby Gallery.

David Batchelor Featured Artworks

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Colour Chart 72 (black) 04.03.14 by David Batchelor contemporary artwork
David BatchelorColour Chart 72 (black) 04.03.14, 2014Gloss and matte paint on composite aluminium board
92.2 x 84.3 cm
Waddington Custot Contact Gallery
Colour Chart 79 (green) 10.09.15 by David Batchelor contemporary artwork
David BatchelorColour Chart 79 (green) 10.09.15, 2015gloss and matt paint on dibond
80 x 63 cm
Waddington Custot Contact Gallery
Colour Chart 58 by David Batchelor contemporary artwork
David BatchelorColour Chart 58, 2012gloss and matt paint on dibond
240 x 190 cm
Waddington Custot Contact Gallery
Colour Chart 46 (purple) 02.02.12 by David Batchelor contemporary artwork
David BatchelorColour Chart 46 (purple) 02.02.12, 2012Gloss and matte paint on dibond
122.2 x 121.8 cm
Waddington Custot Contact Gallery
Inter - Concreto (IC02 ) by David Batchelor contemporary artwork
David BatchelorInter - Concreto (IC02 ), 2019Plexiglas offcuts and concrete
Ingleby Gallery Contact Gallery
Inter - Concreto (IC11 ) by David Batchelor contemporary artwork
David BatchelorInter - Concreto (IC11 ), 2019Plexiglas offcuts and concrete
Ingleby Gallery Contact Gallery
Multi-Colour Chart 38 by David Batchelor contemporary artwork
David BatchelorMulti-Colour Chart 38, 2018Gloss and spray paint on Dibond
225.5 x 94 x 3 cm
Ingleby Gallery Contact Gallery
Neo-Neo Concreto 18 by David Batchelor contemporary artwork
David BatchelorNeo-Neo Concreto 18, 2019Acrylic and concrete
47 x 30 x 5 cm
Ingleby Gallery Contact Gallery

David Batchelor Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, David Batchelor, NEW WORK: David Batchelor at Waddington Custot, London
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29 June–14 August 2020 David Batchelor NEW WORK: David Batchelor Waddington Custot, LondonLondon
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, THE UNSEEN MASTERPIECE at Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh
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13 April–1 June 2020 Group Exhibition THE UNSEEN MASTERPIECE Ingleby Gallery, EdinburghEdinburgh
Contemporary art exhibition, David Batchelor, My Own Private Bauhaus at Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh
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24 July–28 September 2019 David Batchelor My Own Private Bauhaus Ingleby Gallery, EdinburghEdinburgh

David Batchelor Represented By

Ingleby Gallery contemporary art gallery in Edinburgh, United Kingdom Ingleby Gallery Edinburgh

David Batchelor In Related Press

A Certain Kind of Light review – let there be mirror balls Related Press A Certain Kind of Light review – let there be mirror balls 29 January 2017, The Guardian

A show about light: a light show – what might a curator put in? Just about all art concerned with making the world visible in some sense speaks of light, the very condition in which it was made.

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