Charlie Billingham (b. London, 1984)
Lives/Works in London, UK
Billingham is currently a Royal Academy student creating highly original paintings and decorative installations, using languages borrowed from art, interior design, printmaking and art history. His recent paintings are from a series that is inspired by imagery from Georgian and Regency etchings by James Gillray and George Cruikshank. Billingham’s works are often minor characters and animals from the referenced cartoons, cropped and enlarged and portrayed in splashy colour combinations.
A young woman bends over in her chamber and looks back towards her elderly maid (out of the picture), who holds up a mirror so that the maiden can view her bum. She is wearing a large, fashionable wig atop her posterior.
The etching is executed in soft ground and aquatint: two of the more delicate and sensitive etching processes, which perfectly compliment the softness of her skin and the wisps of her hair.
Etching on Soft Ground and Aquatint
48.5 x 37.5 cm
Edition of 25