Charlie Billingham: Leave without second course (7)

Moran Moran is pleased to present Charlie Billingham’s first exhibition on COLLECT, titled Leave without second course (7). With the six paintings in this presentation, Billingham continues his ongoing interest in using fragments of 18th century prints and drawings as their genesis. Specifically, these new works use collaged and manipulated drawings by Thomas Rowlandson and James Gillray to form his own compositions. By repeating certain elements of Rowlandson and Gillray’s drawings, flipping them and moving them around, Billingham creates a heightened feeling of motion, emphasising particular aspects of these old satirical works. In addition to the digital presentation, this series of paintings are on view in his London studio, installed over a wall mural that was painted and printed using blocks designed by the artist to create a domestic interior.


Charlie Billingham (b. 1984, London, UK) lives and works in London, UK. He completed his joint honors MA at the University of Edinburgh and Edinburgh College of Art in 2008, and received a postgraduate degree from the Royal Academy Schools, London, in 2013. Recent solo exhibitions include: Hand Gestures, Travesia Cuatro Guadalajara, Mexico (2021); A Rake’s Progress, SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, Georgia, US (2020); Cornucopia, MAZ Museo de Arte de Zapopan, Mexico (2019); A Well Deserved Break, Park House, Dallas, US (2019); Desire Path at Travesía Cuatro Madrid, Spain (2017); and Charlie Billingham at Independent Régence presented by Supportico Lopez, Brussels, BL (2017). His work has been included in several group exhibitions, such as Crowd, Hannah Barry Gallery, London, UK (2020); Les Métamorphoses. Jeunes Artistes en Europe, curated by Thomas Delamarre at Fondation Cartier, Paris (2019); Objects to Identify, Moran Moran, Los Angeles, USA (2018); Absolute Éructance, with Charlie Billingham and Nils Alix-Tabeling, Damien & the Love Guru, Brussels, Belgium (2017); Plant Scenery of the World, Inverleith House, Edinburgh, UK (2017); and The Coverly Set, Sergent’s Daughters, New York USA (2017). His work is part of the permanent collections at Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris, FR; David Roberts Art Foundation, London, UK; Cini Foundation, Venice, IT; Saatchi Collection, UK; Fundación Calosa, MX; Ramin Salsali Private Museum, Dubai, UAE; Franks-Suss Collection, London, UK; HSBC Collection, London, UK; and Pérez Simón Collection, Mexico City, MX.