Featured Artist of the Month Will Teather – Art Fair East 2016

Thursday 3rd March 2016

Each month, we take a closer look at artists participating in the 2016 edition of Art Fair East, sponsored by Musker McIntyre. The 2016 fair takes place in the spectacular setting of Saint Andrews Hall, from December 2nd-4th 2016. It is the largest event of it’s kind in the region and will bring together galleries and artists from across the UK and overseas.

Will Teather in his studio with prototypes of Infinite Perspectives, 2014 copy

This month we meet artist and co-founder of the fair, Will Teather. Will is known for creating images that reveal a unique imagination combined with a mastery of traditional skills. He is currently the Visual Artist-In-Residence for Norwich Arts Centre. Having trained in London at Central St Martins and Chelsea College of Art & Design, his paintings have featured in over 100 gallery exhibitions and publications alongside artists such as Dali, Picasso and Banksy.

He is currently working on a series of paintings titled Infinite Perspectives. Here’s what Will had to say about the project:

What is “Infinite Perspectives”?

“Infinite perspectives” is a project that explores new ground in the depiction of space, blurring the boundaries between painting and sculpture.

These are three-dimensional paintings on globes and unusually formed canvases. The paintings employ an innovative type of inverted perspective, that gives a 360 degree view of a space – with both the perspective and the representation slyly shifting, depending on which point you look at them.

1 Bookshop- Acrylic on sphere - 2015 copy

The origins of this work lie in magical realism. A lot of my work deals the carnival-esque and a sense of the uncanny. It’s about creating extraordinary visual spectacles through painting. It’s about the relationship between the 2D and the 3D, and about creating something closer to the way we see. Our eyes are spheres and rotate around a space and I wanted to find a way to depict that. As a lecturer in drawing, I am also interested in contributing to our journey through art history to the present day, and see perspective as a fundamental part of that journey.
One further development in the pipeline will be the development of a gyroscopic means for presenting these artworks, to enhance the constantly changing perspective of the artworks; creating paintings that move.

3 Flock- Acrylic on hemispere copy

Why is the project important?

I believe that the works genuinely contribute some thing new to realist painting, through providing a fresh and perhaps more genuine way of describing our perception of space.

What has the reaction been so far?

The sale of the first globe at an art fair in London broke both my personal records and the fair’s for a single sale, selling for a five figure sum, and was described in reviews as “utterly beautiful.” However, it followed on from research and development spanning over 12 months. Currently each globe takes approximately 4 months full-time work to complete, and are a big risk to create. The current research is to develop kinetic elements to the works, putting the paintings in displays such as gyroscopes.

I plan on presenting new designs at Art Fair East 2016, in association with Musker McIntyre.

2 Bookshop- Acrylic on sphere-2015 - 2 copy

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