Charles Avery

Since 2004, Charles Avery has devoted his practice to the description of a fictional Island which he continues to elaborate, with its own population, customs and cosmology, nature and architecture, expressed in the form of large-scale drawings, sculptures, installations, texts and moving images. This ongoing body of work created within a specific framework is rooted in Avery’s own life and upbringing on the Isle of Mull off the West coast of Scotland. The Island is located at the centre of an archipelago of innumerable constituents. The gateway to the Island is the town of Onomatopoeia – once the stepping off point of the pioneers who first came to the place, turned colonial outpost, turned boom town, bustling metropolis, depression ravaged slum, to regenerated city of culture and tourist destination.

Born in Oban, Scotland in 1973, Charles Avery lives and works in London. The first most comprehensive presentation of The Islanders project, ‘The Islanders: An Introduction’ was exhibited at Parasol Unit Foundation for Contemporary Art, London in 2008 and toured to The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh and Museum Boijamas Van Beunigan, Rotterdam in 2009. Recent solo exhibitions include: It Means It Means! – A Drawn Exhibition by Charles Avery & Tom Morton at the Museum of Art, Onomatopoeia and Pilar Corrias, London, Pilar Corrias, London (2013); It Means, It Means! – A Drawn Exhibition by Charles Avery & Tom Morton at the Museum of Art, Onomatopoeia and Galerie Perrotin, Paris, Galerie Perrotin, Paris (2013); Vitrines: Charles Avery, L’Antenne, Le Plateau, FRAC Ile de France, Paris; Galleria S.A.L.E.S, Rome (2013); Place de la Revolution, Pilar Corrias, London (2011); Onomatopoeia, Part 1, EX3- Centor per l’Arte Contemporanea, Florence; Kunstverein Hanover; Frac Ile-de-France Le Plateau, Paris – FR (2010).

Recent group exhibitions include: GENERATION: 25 Years of Contemporary Art in Scotland, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh (2014); Year After Year: Works on paper from the UBS Art Collection, Galleria d’Arte Moderna (GAM), Milan (2014); Drawing Room 2013, (curated by Ami Barak) Carre St Anne, Montpellier (2013; The World is Almost Six Thousand Years Old, Collection and Usher Gallery, Lincoln (2013); Imagining Islands: Artists and Escape, The Courtauld Gallery (2013); Haunts and Follies, Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts, Melbourne (2012); Altermodern, 4th TATE Triennial, London (2009); Life Forms, Bonniers Konsthalle, Stockholm (2009); A Walk in Your Mind, Hayward Gallery, (2009); A Duck for Mr Darwin, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, (2009).

Avery represented Scotland at the 52nd Venice Biennale in 2007 and participated in the British Art Show 7 and Folkestone Triennial in 2011. His work will be included in this year’s Taipei Biennial – The Great Acceleration: Art in the Anthropocene, curated by Nicholas Bourriaud.

Born 1973 in Oban, Scotland
Lives and works in London and Mull

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2015
Gemeente Museum, The Hague – NL

2014
Billboard for Edinburgh, Edinburgh – UK
Charles Avery, Galleria S.A.L.E.S, Rome – IT

2013
It Means It Means! – A Drawn Exhibition by Charles Avery & Tom Morton at the Museum of Art, Onomatopoeia and Pilar Corrias, London, Pilar Corrias, London – UK
It Means, It Means! – A Drawn Exhibition by Charles Avery & Tom Morton at the Museum of Art, Onomatopoeia and Galerie Perrotin, Paris, Galerie Perrotin, Paris – FR
Vitrines: Charles Avery, L’Antenne, Le Plateau, FRAC lle de France, Paris – FR; Galleria S.A.L.E.S, Rome – IT

2012
New Works from the Islanders Project (Concerning the Qoro-Qoros, The Jadindagadendar and the Eternal Dialectic), Grimm Gallery, Amsterdam – NL

2011
Place de la Revolution, Pilar Corrias, London – UK
New Drawings of Onomatopoeia, Galleria S.A.L.E.S, Rome – IT

2010
Onomatopoeia, Part 1, EX3 – Centor per l’Arte Contemporanea, Florence – IT; Kunstverein, Hanover – DE; Frac Ile-de-France Le Plateau, Paris – FR
Onomatopoeia, Part 2: The Port, Pilar Corrias, London – UK

2009
Onomatopoeia, Part 1: Creeds, Galleria Sonia Rosso, Turin – IT

2008
The Islanders: An Introduction, Parasol Unit, London – UK; Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam – NL; Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh – UK

2007
Maquette of the Eternity Chamber, Faye Fleming & Partner (former Galerie Arquebuse), Geneva – CH
The Islanders: An Introduction – part III, Faye Fleming & Partner (former Galerie Arquebuse) – CH

2006
Charles Avery & Keith Wilson, Alexandre Pollazzon, London – UK
The Plane of the Gods, Cubitt Gallery, London – UK
The Islanders: An Introduction - part II, Galleria Sonia Rosso, Turin – IT

2005
The Islanders: An Introduction, Doggerfisher, Edinburgh – UK
Hunting The Noumenon, Galleria Archimede Staffolini, Nicosia – CY
AVATARS, Galleria S.A.L.E.S, Rome – IT

2004
The Hunter, Man in the Holocene, London – UK
It thinks, Galleria Sonia Rosso, Turin – IT

2003
The Square Root of 2, Sleeper, Edinburgh – UK
The Freedom of the Universe, S.A.L.E.S., Rome – IT

2002
The Truth about the Truth, Doggerfisher, Edinburgh – UK
Triangle Land, Dee Glasoe, New York – USA

2001
The Palace of the Gulls, Percy Miller Gallery, London – UK

2000
The Last Yolk, Sonia Rosso Gallery, Pordenone – IT
The Riddle of Pooch Avery, Dee Glasoe Gallery, New York – USA
The Ghost of Scirribin, Nylon Gallery, London – UK

1999
Charles Avery, Richard Heller Gallery, Los Angeles – USA
The Life and Times of Nancy Haselswon, Tablet Gallery, London – UK

1998
The Creation of the Omniverse, Nylon, London – UK
Portraits of People Who Never Existed, Entwistle Gallery, London – UK

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2014
Feels like Heaven, Sommer Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv – IL
Intenzione Manifesta, Castello di Rivoli (curated by Beatrice Merz and Marianna Vecellio), Turin – IT
The Great Acceleration: Art in the Anthropocene, Taipei Biennial (curated by Nicholas Bourriaud), Taipei – TW
GENERATION: 25 Years of Contemporary Art in Scotland, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh – UK
Year After Year: Works on paper from the UBS Art Collection, Galleria D’Arte Moderna di Milano (GAM), Milan – IT

2013
Drawing Room 2013, (curated by Ami Barak) Carre St Anne, Montpellier – FR
Mijn Derde Land [My Third Land], Frankendael Foundation (curated by Nathanja van Dijk & Carolyn H Drake), Amsterdam – NL
Revealed2: CollectorSpace, Anne and Gordon Samstag Museum of Art, University of South Australia – AU
The World is Almost Six Thousand Years Old, (curated by Tom Morton) Collection and Usher Gallery, Lincoln – UK
Imagining Islands: Artists and Escape, The Courtauld Gallery (curated by MA Curating the Art Museum students and The Courtauld Institute of Art), London – UK
Beastly Hall, (curated by Artwise) Hall Place, Bexley – UK
A Parliament of Lines, The Pier Arts Centre, Orkney – UK

2012
Galicia: Topographies of Myth, SOKOL, Nowy Sacz – PL
A Parliament of Lines, The Pier Arts Centre, Orkney; ECAC, Scotland; City Art Centre, Edinburgh – UK; The RMIT University Gallery, Melbourne – AU
Hedendaagse Surreele Tekeningen Uit Rotterdam, Collectie Boijmans van Beuningen, curated by Marieke Wiegel, Institut Neerlandais, Paris – FR
Le miroir et l’encyclopedie, Galerie Michel Journiac, Paris – FR
Haunts and Follies, Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts, Melbourne – AU
Machines for Living, Yaffo 23, Jerusalem – IL
The Comic Side of Art, Nest, Den Haag – NL

2011
A Million Miles from Home, The Folkestone Triennial, Folkstone – UK
As The World Turns: New Art From London, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Sydney – UK
British Art Show 7: In the Days of the Comet, curated by Lisa Le Feuvre and Tom Morton, Hayward Touring Exhibition. Nottingham: Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery, New Art Exchange; London: Hayward Gallery; Glasgow: Centre for Contemporary Art, Gallery of Modern Art, Tramway; Plymouth: Peninsula Arts Gallery, Plymouth Arts Centre, Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery, The Slaughterhouse, Plymouth College of Arts Gallery – UK

2010
British Art Show 7: In the Days of the Comet, curated by Lisa Le Feuvre and Tom Morton, Hayward Touring Exhibition. Nottingham: Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery, New Art Exchange – UK
Recent British Sculpture, curated by Tom Morton, GRIMM Gallery, Amsterdam – NL
Languages and Experimentations, Casa d’Arte Futurista Depero, Trento – IT

2009
Altermodern, 4th TATE Triennial, London – UK
Walking in My Mind, Hayward Gallery, London – UK
A Duck for Mr Darwin, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead – UK
Life Forms, Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm – Sweden

2008
Made Up, International Festival of Contemporary Art, 5th Liverpool Biennial, Tate Liverpool – UK
Scotland & Venice 2003, 2005, 2007, Charles Avery, Simon Starling and Cathy Wilkes, The Pier, Orkney – UK
Irony and Gesture, Kukje Gallery, Seoul – KO

2007
Scotland & Venice, 52nd Venice Biennale, Venice – IT
The Lyon Biennale,  Lyon – FR
The Athens Biennale, Athens – GR
Timer, Triennial Bovisa, Milan – IT
Every Eye Sees Differently as The Eye, The Drawing Room, London – UK
Welcome to My World, Alexandre Pollazzon, London – UK

2005
Sculpture Garden, Jonathan Viner, London – UK
Memphis Flaca, London – UK
Theoroma, Musee d’Art Contemporain, Avignon – FR

2004
Premio del Golfo, La Spezia – IT
Jerwood Drawing Prize 2004, London and touring trailer – UK
Trailer, Man in the Holocene, London – UK
Io Mi Ricordo, Galleria S.A.L.E.S, Rome – IT

2003
Il Premio per la Giovane Arte Italiana, Padiglione di Venezia, 50th Venice Biennale, Venice – IT
Love Over Gold, Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow – UK
Necessary Kids: Charles Avery, Piotr Uklanski, Costa Vece, Gallerie Civico d’Arte Contemporanea di Siracusa, Sicily – IT
Dark Shadows, Marc Foxx Gallery, Los Angeles – USA
Works on Paper, Archimede Staffolini Gallery, Nicosia, Cyprus – GR
Prospects Drawing Prize, Truman Brewery, London – UK

2002
Contemporary Art Project, Museum of Modern Art, Seattle – USA
A measure of distance, Magnani, London – UK
Jerwood Drawing Prize, Jerwood Space, London; MAC Birmingham; Glasgow School of Art; EICH Gallery, Hull; The Lowry, Manchester – UK
Prospects Drawing Prize, Truman Brewery, London – UK
Supersonic and Alien, S.A.L.E.S., Rome – IT
Flights of Reality, Turnpike Gallery, Leigh; Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge – UK

2001
Ghosty, Mille Eventi, Milan – IT
Works on Paper, S.A.L.E.S, Rome – IT

2000
Made Space, Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh; Changing Room, Stirling – UK
Drawing, Percy Miller Gallery, London – UK
Innuendo, Dee/Glasoe Gallery, New York – USA
Made Space, Pekao Gallery, Toronto – CA

1999
Surveying the Landscape, Lombard Freid Gallery, New York – USA
Selection from the Files, Nylon, London – UK
The British on Paper, Galleria Sonia Rosso, Pordenone – IT
Untitled, Archimede Staffolini Gallery, Nicosia, Cyprus – GR
DRAW, Ten in One Gallery, Chicago – USA
Fine Line, Duncan Cargill Gallery, London – UK

AWARDS
2004
Shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize, London
2003
Prospects Drawing Prize, London
2002
Shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize, London
Shortlisted for the Prospects Drawing Prize, London

Charles Avery speaks at The Hepworth Wakefield

Charles Avery speaks at The Hepworth Wakefield

Charles Avery will take part in a panel discussion led by Frances Guy as part of the Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle’s 2014 programme: a collaboration between the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds Art Gallery, The Hepworth Wakefield and Yorkshire Sculpture Park. The … More

Charles Avery at the Billboard for Edinburgh Project

Charles Avery at the Billboard for Edinburgh Project

Charles Avery is the 25th artist to contribute to the unique public art project, Billboard for Edinburgh. The project was originated from Ian Hamilton Finlay’s thoughts about the communications of ideas, believing the best ideas could be conceived in any … More

Charles Avery at GAM, Milan

Charles Avery at GAM, Milan

Charles Avery’s drawings are included in the exhibition Year After Year, curated by Francesco Bonami for UBS Art Collection at Galleria d’Arte Moderna in Milan. The exhibition draws works on paper from the UBS Art Collection to examine artistic production … More

Charles Avery in Conversation at the Drawing Room, London

Charles Avery in Conversation at the Drawing Room, London

Charles Avery participates in the Drawing Room’s Drawing making – Making drawing series, a sequence of talks, conversations, discussions, and workshops conceived of an devised by artist, writer, and educator Jack Southern. Since 2004 Scottish artist Charles Avery (Oban, 1973) has dedicated … More

Pilar Corrias at Artissima, Turin

Pilar Corrias at Artissima, Turin

Participating at Artissima Pilar Corrias will present new works by artists: CHARLES AVERY ULLA VON BRANDENBURG TALA MADANI SABINE MORITZ ELIZABETH NEEL KEN OKIISHI PHILIPPE PARRENO MARY RAMSDEN JULIÃO SARMENTO RIRKRIT TIRAVANIJA ARTISSIMA Turin 8-10 November Booth: 1/2 Corridor Dark … More

Charles Avery at Whitechapel gallery, London

Charles Avery at Whitechapel gallery, London

On Thursday 27 June Charles Avery will give a talk as part of the Whitechapel Gallery’s ‘To Make a Tree’ series. Charles will speak about the presence of trees in a body of work called the ‘Jadindagadendar’ – the name … More

Charles Avery at The Courtauld Gallery, London

Charles Avery at The Courtauld Gallery, London

Charles Avery’s work is included in the exhibition Imagining Islands: Artists and Escape, curated by the MA Curating the Art Museum students, The Courtauld Institute of Art. The exhibition responds to the Gallery’s Summer Showcase, Collecting Gauguin: Samuel Courtauld in … More

Charles Avery at Hall Place and Gardens, Bexley, UK

Charles Avery at Hall Place and Gardens, Bexley, UK

Charles Avery will participate in the group show BEASTLY HALL curated by Artwise at Hall Place, Bexley, Kent. Inspired by the historic “Queen’s Beasts” topiaries planted in the Hall Gardens, the exhibition presents creatures imagined by contemporary artists. Participating artists: … More

Charles Avery curated by Tom Morton in Lincoln, UK

Charles Avery curated by Tom Morton in Lincoln, UK

Charles Avery will participate in The World is Almost Six Thousand Years Old curated by Tom Morton across five venues in Lincoln. The exhibition brings together archaeological objects with the works of contemporary artists. Participating artists: Rupert Ackroyd, Charles Avery, … More

Frieze Art Fair 2012

Tala Madani

Pilar Corrias is delighted to announce its participation in Frieze Art Fair 2012. The gallery will present new works by artists: Charles Avery Koo Jeong A Tala Madani Philippe Parreno Tobias Rehberger Rirkrit Tiravanija Frieze Art Fair, London 11-14 October … More

Charles Avery at Institut Neerlandais, Paris

Charles Avery at Institut Neerlandais, Paris

Charles Avery will be participating in the group exhibition, Dessins contemporains surréalistes de Rotterdam- Collections du musée Boijmans Van Beuningen (Contemporary surreal drawing from Rotterdam. Collection of the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen). The museum has over 70,000 prints and drawings in … More

Charles Avery At Folkestone Triennial

Charles Avery At Folkestone Triennial

Pilar Corrias Gallery is delighted to announce Charles Avery’s participation in the Folkestone Triennial   56 -58 The Old High Street Folkestone Kent CT20 IRL 25 June – 25 September 2011

Charles Avery at British Art Show 7

Charles Avery at British Art Show 7

Pilar Corrias is please to announce Charles Avery’s inclusion in The British Art Show 7, which will be on show as part of the Hayward Gallery touring exhibition.   Exhibition dates: Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham Castle Museum, New Art Exchange 23 … More

Charles Avery at Bonniers Konsthall

Charles Avery at Bonniers Konsthall

Work from Charles Avery’s ongoing project, The Islanders, will be featured at Bonniers Konsthall this autumn. Entitled Life Forms, the exhibition brings together a group of internationally renowned artists whose work depicts nature, the universe and the broader ecological contexts. … More

Charles Avery At Frac Ile- De – France/ Le Plateau

Charles Avery At Frac Ile- De - France/ Le Plateau

Pilar Corrias Gallery is Pleased to announce the first solo exhibition in France of Charles Avery’s ongoing project, The Islanders. Curated by director of Frac Ile-de-France, Xavier Franchesi, the exhibition will tour to Kunstverein, Hannover and to EX3 in Florence … More

Charles Avery: It Means It Means!

Charles Avery, View of MoAO, 2013

‘It Means It Means! – A Drawn Exhibition by Charles Avery & Tom Morton at the Museum of Art, Onomatopoeia and Pilar Corrias, London’ is a ‘drawn group exhibition’ staged in two locations simultaneously – once as a fiction, once as … More

Charles Avery ‘Place de la Révolution’

Charles Avery 'Place de la Révolution'

Pilar Corrias Gallery is delighted to present ‘Place de la Revolution’: the latest installment in Charles Avery’s epic project, The Islanders. Since 2005, Charles Avery has devoted his practice to the perpetual description of a fictional world. Replete with its … More

Charles Avery ‘Onomatopoeia Part 2: The Port’

Charles Avery 'Onomatopoeia Part 2: The Port'

Pilar Corrias Gallery is delighted to announce the latest presentation of Charles Avery’s ongoing project , The Islanders. Since 2005, Charles Avery has devoted his practice to the description of a fictional world. Avery’s intricately conceived territory exists through drawings, … More

‘It’s fine as long as you draw but don’t film’

'It’s fine as long as you draw but don’t film'

Pilar Corrias Gallery is delighted to present ‘It’s fine as long as you draw but don’t film’ (Waltz with Bashir, 2008): An Exhibition of Drawings. Directed by Ari Folman, the Golden Globe Award wining, feature-length animation Waltz with Bashir (2008) … More