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Untitled (Men Leading Unridables) 2007

Charles Avery (born 1973, Oban, Scotland, UK)

Untitled (Men Leading Unridables)
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Copyright: Copyright The Artist; Image courtesy of the Artist and doggerfisher, Edinburgh

Although he works across a range of media, Charles Avery is perhaps most admired as a draughtsman and in both 2004 and 2006 he was nominated for the Jerwood Drawing Prize. In 2007 he was one of the six artists selected to represent Scotland at the Venice Biennale, where this work was shown. Avery's art is characterised by formal beauty, humour and a spirit of philosophical inquiry. He cites William Blake, P.G. Wodehouse, Jorge Luis Borges, Joseph Beuys and Joseph Kosuth as formative influences on his work. However a vital influence has been his Scottish upbringing: Avery grew up in the Inner Hebrides and its landscapes and myths have also had a profound effect on his work, as seen with his epic Islanders project, in which - over a ten year period - he has described the topology and cosmology of an imaginary island inspired by his childhood.

Acquisition Details

Acquired from doggerfisher, Edinburgh, 2008
Purchased with funds from the National Collecting Scheme for Scotland 2007-2010 operated by the Scottish Arts Council.
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