Will Teather: The Fantasists

Thursday 11th January 2018
6:00 PM



Norwich Arts Centre

Thursday 11 January – Wednesday 31 January 2018
Monday – Friday 1pm – 5pm and Saturdays 10am – 6pm (see website for closures)

Opening Night Thursday 11 January 6pm – 8pm followed by Vicars of Stiffkey
Catering kindly provided by NORSE



This exhibition encompasses the varied work of magical-realist painter, Will Teather.



Teather is perhaps best-known for his paintings of curious characters caught up in extraordinary situations and, during recent years, for pushing the boundaries of perspective in realist painting, through his 360 degree panoramas painted onto spheres and curved surfaces. Key themes that tie Teather’s work together include an interest in escapism, the uncanny and a sense of spectacle. Having spent his childhood surrounded by religious iconography, the artist also has an awareness of Western art’s origins in Christian symbolism and how contemporary art continues to act as a substitute form of spirituality.



On display are both his recent works on the themes of escape from modern life, such as his pastel drawings of flying office workers, and the artist’s more experimental projects, where he continues to explore how to reinvent key principles within realist painting such as sacred geometry and perspective.



About the artist

Will Teather’s work has been exhibited internationally to acclaim, with recent exhibitions including as a guest artist for Artrooms London, Artwars at Red Dot Miami and as a finalist in the London Contemporary Art Prize. His work has been collected widely and in 2015 broke the sales record for the Other Art Fair, one of London’s leading events for upcoming talent. His studio is based in Norwich, where he is an Associate Lecturer in drawing at Norwich University of the Arts. He is the Artist-in-Residence for Norwich Arts Centre, following on from previous residencies with venues in New York and Aberdeen.

Also a musician, Teather has fronted a succession of bands over the last ten years, the latest been the Vicars of Stiffkey: a psych-rock band that recently signed to Off With Their Records with their first release, Live & Uncassocked released in June 2017. The band will stage a performance at Norwich Art Centre during the exhibition’s run this January.




This exhibition is supported by Norfolk County Council and Art Council England.


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