William is The Church Gallerys current, and final, artist in
residence for 2003. He is a young artist who usually resides in Melbourne,
where he has had several sell-out exhibitions with Flinders Lane Gallery.
He has been living in The Church Gallerys residency unit and studio,
situated at the rear of the gallery, since arriving in Perth in September.
His paintings can be generally divided into two main themes of urban
and rural landscapes. William is preoccupied with light, and its effects
on these landscapes. He describes his paintings as being moments of
clarity, suspended in time and space, projected upon an emotive,
urban landscape. These urbanscapes have a beautiful diffused light,
where everything is in sun drenched soft focus. William has carefully
selected unusual locations in Perth and Fremantle to paint. These are
shop facades and walls that we pass regularly, yet it is their unobtrusiveness,
their everyday nature that William finds beguiling and seductive. They
include Crackel for Tackle, situated across from the Perth train
station, Wildflowerfactory, located in Fremantle, and Massage
specialist, an old Chinese herbalist storefront on Newcastle Street
in the city.
William stated; "I am attracted to the urban
landscape... because I can identify with and personify myself in it.
It is also an excellent vehicle to project my subject matter, shadows
and light, which create the mood of the paintings, giving them personality.
I try to create a seductively, meditative stillness, and contrast this
with orchestrated utopian colour harmonies creating a kind of musical
silence, a melancholy bliss. I like to turn something ordinary into
something extraordinary, something beyond reality. Create something
beautiful from something banal."
These urban landscapes will be contrasted with a series of contemplative
rural landscapes that are dwarfed by clouded Victorian skies. Two verge
on being abstract interpretations of clouds, or hills viewed through
thick mist. They are an important addition to the exhibition, as they
represent some of the dualities and contradictions that William finds
intriguing: Individual / Universal, Romantic / Clinical, Classical /
Contemporary, Figurative / Abstract, Melancholic / Inspiring, Static
image / Changing reality.
William graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in 1992. He
held his first solo exhibition in 1997 and since 2001 has been exhibiting
with Flinders Lane Gallery in Melbourne, who represent him. This is
his seventh solo exhibition. His paintings can be found in several collections,
including Artbank, National Australia Bank, Loyola College, La Trobe
University, and the Smorgan Collection.
Williams residency is proudly sponsored by The Church Gallery
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