Marvin Gaye Chetwynd

Bat Opera 187 & 188, 2014


Limited edition lithograph on paper
Edition of 150 
Two parts: 31.6 x 42 cm each
Signed and numbered by the artist

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About the artwork

For over a decade Chetwynd has worked on Bat Opera, a series of beautiful miniature paintings depicting bats in varying settings and groupings. In this special diptych edition, we experience an intimate portrait of this mythical creature, set against a warm and ethereal re-imagined landscape. 

This edition has been produced by the artist exclusively for Studio Voltaire. The gallery has a unique and ongoing relationship with Chetwynd, first commissioning her in 2005 with The Walk to Dover. In 2014, Studio Voltaire presented Hermitos Children 2, the next installment of an ongoing project that takes the form of an experimental TV programme featuring a female detective who uncovers and solves sex crimes. This was the artist’s most ambitious film to date and her first solo exhibition to ever be held in public gallery in London.

About the artist

Monster Chetwynd, who was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2012, is widely known for her carnivalesque live performances, which feature homemade costumes and a varying ensemble of friends and family. These performances share elements of the bawdy anarchy of sixteenth-century wandering troupes, foregrounding key moments from art history and cultural production. 

Chetwynd (b. 1973) lives and works in Glasgow, UK. Solo exhibitions include Toxic Pillows, De Pont, The Netherlands (2019); Vision Verticale part of Day Tripper, Focal Point Gallery, England (2019); Monster Rebellion, Villa Arson, France (2019); Either This Coat’s Inhabited or I’m Inhibited, Galerie Gregor Staiger, Switzerland (2019); Hell Mouth 3, Eastside Projects, England (2019); Phantasie Fotostudio II, with Esther Teichmann, John Hansard Gallery, England (2019); Winter Commission, Tate Britain, London (2018); Il Gufo con gli Occhi Laser (The Owl with the Laser Eyes), Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Italy (2018); Ze & Per, Sadie Coles HQ, London (2018); The Stagnant Pool, Galerie Gregor Staiger, Switzerland (2017): Dogsy Ma Bone, Touchstones Rochdale, UK (2017); Uptight upright, upside down, Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA), Scotland, UK (2016); Jabba, I’m Back! Come Back Tour, Book Now!, Bergen Assembly 2016, Bergen Kunsthall, Norway (2016); Cocaine and Caviar, Bergen Assembly 2016, Kunstgarasjen, Norway (2016); Camshafts in the Rain, Bonner Kunstverein, Germany (2016); … Are You Bats?, Bergens Rådhus, Bergen, Norway (2016); Char Nah! Hor, with Jedrzej Cichosz, Open House Glasgow, Glasgow, UK (2015); The Idol, Soft Play Centre, Abbey Sport Centre, London (2015); Home Made Tasers, New Walk Museum & Art Gallery, Leicester, UK (2015). 

The artist is represented by Sadie Coles HQ, London and Massimo De Carlo, Milan/London.

Studio Voltaire has been supporting artists for over twenty years, through our renowned programme of exhibitions, performances, events and education projects as well as providing affordable studios.

We have gained a reputation for championing both emerging and underrepresented artistic practices, often at key stage in the artist’s career. These have included Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Phyllida Barlow, Ruth Ewan, Elizabeth Price, Jo Spence, Joanne Tatham & Tom O’Sullivan, Richard Slee and Cathy Wilkes.

The gallery also provides an important UK platform for international artists, often providing them their first-ever presentation in the UK. These have included Nairy Baghramian, Thea Djordjadze, Nicole Eisenman, Judith Hopf, Paulina Olowska and Henrik Olesen.