Charles Billich has had a distinguished international association with the Olympic Movement over the course of five Olympiads where he was the artist for the Sydney, Athens and Beijing Olympic bids. He was also nominated as the official artist for the Rugby World Cup 2003, and the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.
He has been granted many awards and prizes, including the Order of the Crown by his majesty King George V Tupou, United States Sports Artist of the Year 2000 Award, the Order of the Eagle Exemplar and was nominated as the artist for the Eco Art Foundation by HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco.
Architecture and cityscapes, compassion and humanity, portraiture and figurative work, dance, music, theatre, equestrian sports, sailing all provide the imagery for his work and always in a way that challenges the norm. His editions and originals adorn boardrooms, galleries and collections across five continents.
The World of Polo
Is an excellent example of his new hypothetic style, which invites the viewer to step into the painting, and become part of the new author’s surreal mindset. The paintings within the painting of “The World of Polo” introduce you to the origins of polo from China 2000 years ago, to the major society sporting event it is today.
This painting has been exhibited at some of the most prestigious polo events such as the Cartier tournaments in St. Moritz 2009, China White Cartier 25th Anniversary, Windsor 2009, St. Tropez Polo Tournaments and Polo in the City tournaments in Australia 2009/2010.