David Batchelors work comprises three-dimensional structures, photographs and drawings, mostly related to a long term interest in colour and urbanism. To coincide with the Malevich exhibition at Tate Modern, Batchelor hosts an artists talk exploring his own work, his ideas on abstraction and its relation to figuration.
David Batchelor is an artist and writer based in London. Born in Dundee, Scotland in 1955, he studied Fine Art at Trent Polytechnic, Nottingham (1975-78), and Cultural Theory at Birmingham University (1978-80). He has exhibited widely in the UK, continental Europe, the Americas and, more recently, Asia. Recent exhibitions include Concretos, New Art Centre, Salisbury (2014); Wall to Wall Centro Universitario Maria Antonia, São Paulo (2013); Flatlands, Spike Island, Bristol and The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh (2013); Chromophilia: 1995-2010, Paço Imperial, Rio de Janeiro (2010); and Colour Chart, Museum of Modern Art, New York (2008) and Tate Liverpool (2009). His installation Chromolocomotion, commissioned by the Terrace Wires art programme, is on display in the Grand Terrace at St Pancras International Station until September 2014.
Batchelors books include The Luminous and the Grey, an inquiry into when colour begins and when it ends, both in the material world and in the imagination (Reaktion Books: London, 2014), Found Monochromes, a collection of his photographs of single square and rectangular white planes and panels encountered on walks through London and other cities (Riding House: London, 2010) and Chromophobia, Batchelors book on colour and the fear of colour in the West (Reaktion Books, London, 2000). He also edited Colour (2008), an anthology of writings on colour from 1850 to the present, published by Whitechapel, London and MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass. Batchelor is also Senior Lecturer in Critical Theory at the Royal College of Art, London.