View In Room
View In Room
Screen print on paper
Edition of 100
Dimensions: 82.5cm (H) x 61cm (W) / 32.5" (H) x 24" (W)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
Christopher Battye’s works are full of the lively Soho and Chelsea community of The Colony Room infamy. The works are at once fun and furious, conveying a mayhem that relates to a real dynamic sense of living in the centre of the capital in its most pulsing moment. His two-headed, multiply-limbed and intriguing amorphous caricatures are witty and ironic, powerful and playful whilst often frightening. We see a riot of colour and charge in images of spinning heads, psychosexual drama and theatrical violence; the mood is hectic and alive, grounded in archetype, symbolism and rampant use of colour. The artist casually deals in psychoanalytic concepts of splitting, schizoid fantasy, false selves, and narrative therapy with the symbolic potency and awareness of the Marseilles tarot deck and Jungian allegory.
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Based in: London
Christopher Battye studied print-making at Liverpool College of Art before leaving the city at about the same time as the Beatles, and settling in London where he continues to live and work. Arriving in London he was determined to be a painter, but sustained himself with a variety of truck and driving jobs while studying and writing. From 1969-1971 he became a regular contributor of featured articles to ‘Arts & Artists’ magazine, writing on artists as diverse as Magritte, William Blake, Holman-Hunt, Piranesi, Frank Auerbach, David Hockney and Gainsborough. In 1971 he decided to paint again. His first solo exhibition was at the first International Art Fair to be held in London (1984). After that he held regular exhibitions of his work, sometimes in galleries, but often in restaurants and drinking clubs of Soho and Chelsea which he frequented and so vividly drew from for his work. He has had two paintings exhibited in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.
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