Pimp Pallets, 2006

David Batchelor (UK)


Pimp Pallets, 2006 was on loan from Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London. Alongside Festival, 2006, these works were commissioned by the Hayward Gallery as the inaugural Christmas Lights Project at the Southbank Centre in 2006.

A sculpture made from industrial debris to breathe new life into the material remainders of modern life.

David Batchelor’s work includes three-dimensional structures, photographs and drawings, and mostly relate to his long-term interest in colour and the urban environment. He uses a variety of industrial debris to create sculptural installations, breathing new life into the material leftovers of modern life, from factory scrap to disused or broken domestic items. Batchelor reworks these otherwise pedestrian objects into beautifully colourful artworks.

David Batchelor was born in Dundee in 1955 and lives and works in London. In 2013, a major solo exhibition of Batchelor’s two-dimensional work, Flatlands, was displayed at Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh and toured to Spike Island, Bristol. Batchelor’s work was included in the landmark group exhibition Adventures of the Black Square: Abstract Art and Society 1915 – 2015 at Whitechapel Gallery, London. A separate exhibition of Batchelor’s Monochrome Archive (1997-2015) was also on display at Whitechapel Gallery until May 2015.

His portfolio includes a number of major public artworks including a commission for the British Council headquarters in Hong Kong, a site-specific work for the McManus Galleries in Dundee, a 10-metre high light installation at the Archway Tube Station in London, and a major commission for St. Pancras International Station entitled Chromolocomotion.

Batchelor has written and edited a number of books including The Luminous and the Grey (2014), Found Monochromes (2010) and Colour (2008) and Chromophobia (2000).


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