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David Batchelor

David Batchelor Flatlands
Exhibition 4 May – 14 July 2013

David Batchelor (born 1955, Dundee) is best known for his vividly-coloured sculptural installations of illuminated lightboxes, industrial dollies, and other found objects. These three-dimensional works perhaps belie the fact that the root of his interest is and always has been in drawing, painting, abstraction and the monochrome – preoccupations that are best charted in his immensely varied two-dimensional work. This exhibition is the first in-depth presentation of David Batchelor’s drawings and paintings.

Having originally studied painting, Batchelor has, over the last twenty years, made colour his leitmotif. Not the colour found in nature, but the synthetic colour of the illuminated street sign and lurid glare of the nocturnal metropolis. Whether using conventional materials such as pencil, ink, pastel, gouache and acrylic, or highlighter pen, spray or gloss paint and industrial tape; whether making drawings or paintings intended to be simply drawings or paintings, or making carefully-plotted diagrams of proposals for sculpture, Batchelor’s two-dimensional works show how formal rigour and a modernist aesthetic can be subverted by the deployment of intense, exuberant colour.

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Talks and Events

Artist’s Talk
David Batchelor in conversation with exhibition curator Andrea Schlieker.

Panel Discussion Imagining things that cannot exist’: David Batchelor’s Drawings
Director of The Fruitmarket Gallery Fiona Bradley, Professor Briony Fer (University College London) and Professor Anne Wagner (University of California, Berkeley) consider ideas explored in this exhibition of drawings by an artist primarily known for his sculpture. add content


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Exhibition Poster

This poster was designed by The Fruitmarket Gallery to support the David Batchelor Flatlands exhibition which ran from 4 May – 14 July 2013.

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Fruitmarket Gallery Publication

David Batchelor is best known for his vividly coloured sculptural installations of illuminated lightboxes, industrial dollies, and other found objects. He has, however, always been interested primarily in drawing, painting, abstraction and the monochrome.

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Artist's Edition : "Atomic Orange, 2013"

This new screenprint has been generously created by David Batchelor specially for this exhibition. All proceeds from sales will directly benefit The Fruitmarket Gallery and Spike Island.