David Batchelor

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  • View large image Magic Hour Drawings, 2013

    David Bachelor, Magic Hour Drawings, 2013 Spray paint, ink and paper on squared paper, 35.5 x 28 cm Courtesy of the artist, Galeria Leme, São Paolo and Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh

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    Mary Doyle, Tania Kovats, David Batchelor, Kate Macfarlane & David Musgrave in conversation

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    Mary Doyle, Tania Kovats, David Batchelor, Kate Macfarlane & David Musgrave in conversation

Born 1955 Dundee, David Batchelor lives and works in London. Graduated from BA Fine Art at Trent Polytechnic, Nottingham (1978); and MA Cultural Studies at the Centre of Contemporary Cultural Studies, University of Birmingham (1980).

For thirty years Batchelor has been concerned with our experience of colour within the modern urban environment, and with historical conceptions of colour within Western culture. His work comprises three-dimensional works, installations, drawing, painting, photographs and animations. He has exhibited widely in the UK, continental Europe, the Americas and, more recently, the Middle East and Asia. Batchelor has also written a number of books and essays on colour theory, including Chromophobia (2000).

His work is held in public and private collections including The Saatchi Gallery, London; Tate, London; and the Aberdeen Art Gallery, Aberdeen. 

Selected solo exhibitions include My Own Private Bauhaus, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh (2019); David Batchelor and Alfredo Vollpi, Casa Leme, Sao Paulo (2019); Psychogeometry 2, Site Eight, Melbourne (2018); Chromatology, Ab-Anbar Gallery, Tehran (2017); Reef, Handel Street Projects, London (2016); Flatlands, Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh (2013); Magic Hour, Gemeentemuseum, Den Haag (2012); and Chromophilia, Paco Imperial, Rio de Janeiro (2010). Selected group exhibitions include Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London (2018-20); Reduct: Abstraction and Geometry in Contemporary Scottish Art, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh (2020); Objects of Wonder: British Sculptures from 1950s – present, Palais Populaire, Berlin (2019); Light Show, Hayward Gallery, London (2013-16); and Color Chart, Museum of Modern Art, New York (2008).

Last updated: 30.04.2021

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