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.
New edition Atomic Orange, 2013, 30 x 21cm
Screenprint in an edition of 100, signed and numbered by the artist.
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.
Price: £120 unframed, £175 framed
New publication David Batchelor Flatlands £16.95
A new publication will accompany the exhibition. Published by The Fruitmarket Gallery, it is fully illustrated with images of all the paintings and drawings in the exhibition – reproduced here for the first time– and features newly-commissioned texts by Fiona Bradley, Director of The Fruitmarket Gallery, and Rudi Fuchs, writer, curator and previously the longstanding Director of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, as well as a conversation between the artist and the curator of the exhibition, Andrea Schlieker, which took place over the planning of the show.
Talks and Events
Artist’s Talk Listen now
Wednesday 8 May, 6.30pm. Free.
David Batchelor in conversation with exhibition curator Andrea Schlieker.
Workshop: Sculptural Samples
Tuesday 21 May, 11am–5pm. Free.
12 places for 14–17 year olds.
Led by artist Tomasina Hurrell, this workshop takes inspiration from the exhibition to experiment with approaches to drawing and sculpture through colour, structure and movement.
Panel Discussion ‘Imagining things that cannot exist’: David Batchelor’s Drawings
Wednesday 22 May, 6–7.30pm. Buy now £5 full price or £3 concession
Refreshments available from 5.30pm.
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.
Wednesday 5 June, 2–3pm. Free. 10 places.
A tour of the exhibition with assistive listening devices, for visitors who are hard of hearing.
Wednesday 5 June, 6.30–8pm. Free. 10 places.
Artist Juliana Capes leads a tour designed specifically for visually impaired visitors with detailed descriptions of Batchelor’s work and practice.
Booking is recommended for all events. To book your place call 0131 226 8181 or email email@example.com
Saturday Tours 2pm. Free.
Drop in any Saturday for an informal tour.