WILL IS A BA (HONS) 2020 LEEDS ARTS UNIVERSITY GRADUATE
His work explores the dilemma of the adolescent on the verge of adulthood. Young men, "awkwards", are captured as they begin to reject the child and beckon the man. Friendship, appearance, demeanour, ennui and everything in between are addressed from a male perspective.
Will's source material is gathered from Instagram, chats with friends where photos have been exchanged, as well his own experiences and observations. In a recent subtle shift, the imaginary settings that his figures inhabit have taken on a greater significance. They have become pivotal to establishing and framing a narrative for the themes that run through the work.
His deliberate use of a small canvas allows an intimacy of image that accentuates rather than diminishes the story. Drawing is important and strong outlines are used to emphasise individual figures. Colour too, applied as washed out or highly intense, helps establish a sense of character for the viewer.
Waiting Room, his first solo show since leaving college concluded at the end of March 2021 with a majority of works being sold. The exhibition can be viewed here ⚯.
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