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To My Twenties

21 OCT 2020 7:00 PM
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To My Twenties - Lot 45, Billy Bagilhole, Wonky Cow Skulls
To My Twenties - Lot 45, Billy Bagilhole, Wonky Cow Skulls

45. Billy Bagilhole

Wonky Cow Skulls

Signed and dated (on the reverse) 
Mixed media on canvas
100 x 70 cm.
Created in September 2020


£550 - 900

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The silhouette of four horned bulls dramatically cut across this canvas by the film maker, tattooist and award-winning painter Billy Bagihole. 

Billy Bagilhole, son of the great artist and teacher Robin Bagilhole, grew up in a household full of his father’s paintings and prints. From a young age Billy was inspired by his father's artistic talent and took to imitating his work through a series of animals, religious figures and imagined characters and icons that would reappear in his later work.

The artist's father passed away in 2001 when he was 6. Billy openly states the reason he continued to persist within art was because of his father and this is why his empathy for mark-making, for creating is so strong.

Billy Bagilhole predominantly works through the mediums of painting and film making. Often covering canvases with salt and thick paint, he enjoys the technicality within painting, within colour and within the eye of the lens. 

The attraction to painting Bagilhole states is the ability to create the unknown, the unimaginable and the uncanny. With sequencing themes throughout his work from childhood, such as the often seen fish bones, his occurring character "Edwin" or the bull, we can start to see a hint at relations between these often differentiated pieces of imagery.

Billy believes that we are inherently curious and that the pursuit of art offers an expression for this curious nature. Making art becomes a medium for wonder, something unsolvable a sensory koan that engages both artist and viewer.


Chelsea College of Arts 2017, First Class Honours.

Awards: Winner of the Peter Pendergast Drawing Prize, 2014. Awarded 7th place in the WJEC Marking Regime for Foundation Diploma Courses across the UK. Finalist in the Galeri Caernarfon Open Exhibition, 2014. Selected for the Welsh Biennale Nova Art Prize 2017. Nominated for the Jonathan Harvey Studio Award, 2017. Three nominations for The Cellar Music Video Awards 2020. 

Solo exhibitions: Juncture, Hoxton 253, 2019. Just William, Plas Glyn y Wedde Gallery, 2019.

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