Charles Avery (b.1973, Oban, Scotland) lives and works in London and Mull. Since 2004, Charles Avery has devoted his practice to the description of a fictional Island which he continues to elaborate, with its own population, customs and cosmology, nature and architecture, expressed in the form of large-scale drawings, sculptures, installations, texts and moving images. This ongoing body of work, created within a specific framework, is rooted in Avery’s own life and upbringing on the Isle of Mull off the West coast of Scotland. He was shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize, London in 2002 and 2004, and won the Prospects Drawing Prize, London in 2003. Selected solo exhibitions include: The People And Things of Onomatopoeia, Ingelby Gallery,Edingburgh, Scotland (2015) What’s the matter with Idealism?, Gemeente Museum, The Hague – NL (2015); Billboard for Edinburgh, Edinburgh (2014); Charles Avery, Galleria S.A.L.E.S, Rome (2014); What’s so great about Happiness? The people and things from Onomatopoeia, Grimm Gallery, Amsterdam (2014); It Means It Means! – A Drawn Exhibition by Charles Avery & Tom Morton at the Museum of Art, Onomatopoeia and Pilar Corrias, London, Pilar Corrias, London (2013); Vitrines: Charles Avery, L’Antenne, Le Plateau, FRAC Ile de France, Paris; Galleria S.A.L.E.S, Rome (2013); Place de la Revolution, Pilar Corrias, London (2011); Onomatopoeia, Part 1, EX3- Centor per l’Arte Contemporanea, Florence (2010); Frac Ile-de-France Le Plateau, Paris (2010). Selected group exhibitions include: Feels like Heaven, Sommer Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv (2014); GENERATION: 25 Years of Contemporary Art in Scotland, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh (2014); Year After Year: Works on paper from the UBS Art Collection, Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Milan (2014); Drawing Room 2013, Carre St Anne, Montpellier (2013); The World is Almost Six Thousand Years Old, Collection and Usher Gallery, Lincoln (2013); Imagining Islands: Artists and Escape, The Courtauld Gallery (2013); Haunts and Follies, Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts, Melbourne (2012); Altermodern, 4th TATE Triennial, London (2009); Life Forms, Bonniers Konsthalle, Stockholm (2009); A Walk in Your Mind, Hayward Gallery, (2009); and A Duck for Mr. Darwin, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, (2009). Avery is represented by Pilar Corrias, London.
Last updated: 24.03.2016