Artist Charles Avery in Conversation

Untitled (It means It Means; Hiorns, Lozano, Ray), 2013

Karl NattressUntitled (Starfield), 2005



Since 2004 Scottish artist Charles Avery (Oban, 1973) has dedicated his practice to the description of a fictional island which he continues to elaborate, with its own population, customs and philosophies, nature and architecture, expressed in the form of large-scale drawings, sculptures, installations, texts and moving images. This large series of works 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 and could be interpreted as a philosophical meditation on art-making and different ideas of truth.

Charles Avery (b.1973, lives and works in London and Mull, UK) has had major solo exhibitions at: GEM, Den Haag (forthcoming 2015); FRAC Ile-de-France Le Plateau Paris, Kunstverein Hanover and EX3 Florence (2010); Parasol Unit London, National Gallery of Modern Art Edinburgh, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen Rotterdam (2008). He represented Scotland at the 52nd Venice Biennale (2007), and has participated in numerous major group exhibitions, including ‘British Art Show 7’ (2010-11), ‘Altermodern: Fourth Tate Triennial’ (2009, curated by Nicolas Bourriaud), and the 2007 Lyon and Athens Bienniales.

Part of Drawing making – Making drawing  is a series of talks, in-conversations, discussions and workshops conceived of and devised by artist, writer and educator, Jack Southern.