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Charles Avery

Charles Avery was born in Oban in 1973 and spent most of his childhood on the island of Mull off the West coast of Scotland. Since 2004, Avery has exclusively devoted his practice to his epic project The Islanders. Through drawings, paintings, sculptures and texts, Avery tells the story of a fictional island with its own inhabitants, culture, religion, nature and architecture.

The most comprehensive presentation of this 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.

Avery was exhibited as part of GENERATION: 25 Years of Contemporary Art in Scotland at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh. In 2015 Ingleby Gallery presented the solo exhibition Onomatopoeia: Its people and surroundings as part of the Edinburgh Art Festival which contextualised Avery’s public artwork Tree No. 5 (from the Jadindigadendar) situated in Waverley Station.

A solo presentation of Avery’s work will be exhibited as part of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Kerala, India  in December 2016.


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