Selected previous exhibitions

  • Conspiracies, Group Show at Lewisham Arthouse, 2018
  • St Helen & St Katharine, Group show, 2018
  • Oxford Town Hall, 2014
  • London Art Fair, 2013
  • Tangle of Matter & Ghost Solo exhibition at Art Jericho, 2012
  • Halcyon, Art Jericho, 2011
  • Art In Woodstock, 2011
  • Hello, Goodbye at the Lethaby Gallery Central Saint Martins, 2011
  • Elms Lester Painting Room
  • The Old Truman Brewery
  • Back Hill, Central Saint Martins

Education

BA Hons Graphic Design, Central Saint Martins (2003 – 2006)

Lecturing and teaching

Analogue techniques: oil painting – Guest Lecturer, Central Saint Martins (2013)

Oil Painting: Methods and materials – Guest Lecturer, Central Saint Martins (2014)

Artist Statement

My practice is rooted in object making and exists between painting and sculpture. It explores the anxiety and excitement of being overwhelmed by information, the idea of breakdowns and disrupted narratives, and how matter can express the over-complicated and transitory. In an age of dislocation, attempts to grip hold of a sense of certainty feel vital but almost impossible.

 

I see the work as a physical manifestation of these struggles: the twisting together and metabolising of different stimuli from art history, popular culture and everyday life. Oil paint and left-over junk from society form a language of stuttering processes. Through layering and concealing, objects are worked on simultaneously, feeding each other in a holistic approach to making, that has no hierarchy of materials. I use paint both for its ability to form illusions, and as another sculptural medium that can be dug into, carved, woven and excavated.

 

The fragmented, dislocated forms that emerge could give rise to accidental new narratives. However, their inherent brokenness and ambiguity defies any solid conclusions. I am interested in the feeling of this confusion and uncertainty as a specific, textural place to exist in and to explore.

 

Contact

+44 (0)7940 000 172
will@williamcotterill.co.uk