The beaches of Barcelona's coastline are the main inspiration for Billy Waterworth new body of work.
Those man-made landscapes, millions of of tons of sand brought in to provide an access ramp into a tideless sea, are supposed to be an escape from city life and a common horizon for a lunch break. But rather than getting a feeling of escapism we get overwhelmed by humanity.
However, at night, when the beaches are clear of bathers and the chant of 'mojito, cerveza' has long gone, you might still see an encampment of cowboys and indians settled around the fire, Homer Simpson spread eagle in a drunken coma or spongebob and patrick sharing a sofa in front of the telly.
Preferring to work fast and often on a small scale Waterworth's acetate works have an immediacy to them.
There flat shiny surface look more like photographs or newspaper cuttings than paintings. Working from images he has taken Waterworth sees his overall practice as an exercise in curation; representing his subject matter rather than owning and stylising it.
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