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).

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Inter-Concreto 32 by David Batchelor contemporary artwork sculpture
David Batchelor Inter-Concreto 32, 2022 Steel, gloss paint and concrete
122 x 42.5 x 10 cm
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CV 01 by David Batchelor contemporary artwork painting
David Batchelor CV 01, 2020 Acrylic on aluminium panel
240 x 160 cm
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Neo-Neo Concreto 26 by David Batchelor contemporary artwork sculpture
David Batchelor Neo-Neo Concreto 26, 2019 Acrylic and concrete
40 x 20 x 5 cm
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Inter - Concreto (IC02 ) by David Batchelor contemporary artwork sculpture
David Batchelor Inter - Concreto (IC02 ), 2019 Plexiglas offcuts and concrete
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Inter - Concreto (IC11 ) by David Batchelor contemporary artwork sculpture
David Batchelor Inter - Concreto (IC11 ), 2019 Plexiglas offcuts and concrete
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Multi-Colour Chart 40 by David Batchelor contemporary artwork painting
David Batchelor Multi-Colour Chart 40, 2018 Gloss and spray paint on Dibond
53.5 x 25 cm
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Silhouette Drawing 149 (Southampton) by David Batchelor contemporary artwork works on paper
David Batchelor Silhouette Drawing 149 (Southampton), 2017 Spray paint and ink on paper
63 x 48 cm (incl frame)
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