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5 December 2013

La Galleria, Pall Mall, London

Robana Fine Art and Duroc Media are delighted to announce that Charles Billich, one of the Australia's most collectable and dynamic living artists, will be holding an exhibition of his paintings and prints at La Galleria in Pall Mall, London during October. This is Billich’s first show in the UK. He said, “I always knew in my heart that I would one day show in London – possibly every artist’s aspiration. I hope London will understand the way I feel about linking time-honoured methods and skills more than any other place in the world. My themes are as polyandric as any Londoner’s soul and I am confident that my creative ideas will reveal things previously unseen.”

Sydney-based artist Charles Billich has, in a career spanning some forty years, exhibited at some of the world’s most important venues and been an honoured guest and resident artist on many occasions, including the 1996 Summer Olympics. He says, “My themes oscillate between the autobiographical and the metaphysical, from the erotic to the ecclesiastical, the pathetic to the intellectual.” His subjects range from celebrities, ballet dancers and nudes, to sporting scenes, religious works and grand cityscapes.

From the Vatican Museum to the White House, the Olympic Museum in Lausanne to His Majesty King George V. Tupou's Palace in Tonga, the Red Cross Museum in Geneva, to numerous university, government, corporate and private collections, Charles Billich has an eclectic following. His work can even be seen on a collection of 16 postage stamps currently in circulation in China based on the Bing Ma Yong Terracotta Warriors. As he says himself, “I manipulate reality. I turn it into some kind of symbolic analysis, which works on several levels of meaning. There is a touch of irony in what I paint, as there is in all contemporary surreal art.”

The journey that Billich himself has taken to reach this point is almost as remarkable as the striking work itself. Born in what is now Croatia, then Italy, he was imprisoned for his anti-Yugoslav writings. Upon release from prison in Maribor, he emigrated to Australia and there he studied at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, before continuing his studies at the National Gallery Art School. As he says, “How can one appreciate freedom without having tasted slavery? I’m grateful to fate”.

This is a rare opportunity to enjoy this novel and exciting work at:

La Galleria - 30 Royal Opera Arcade, Pall Mall, London SW1Y 4UY
The exhibition runs: Monday 14th to Saturday 19th October

For more information contact Chris Hewlett - 0845 601 2833 / chris@chrishewlett.com

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