Reepham-born artist Will Teather has received international recognition for creating contemporary images that reveal an adventurous imagination combined with a mastery of traditional skills. His figurative paintings and drawings often depict curious characters caught up in uncanny situations.
Influenced by magical-realism and lifting motifs from diverse sources such as Flemish still life, baroque art and Weimar painters, he enters into conversation with the history of painting with the aim of bringing a present-day sensibility to the table.
Mr Teather was brought up in Reepham, where his father based his architecture practice. The young painter initially studied art at Reepham High School and his early paintings were often inspired by local attractions like the Thursford Museum, with an additional influence being religious imagery and the many books on historical painting that his parents had dotted around the home.
Mr Teather’s knowledge of contemporary art was refined through periods of study in London at Central St Martins and Chelsea College of Art & Design. The artist’s skill as a painter, however, remains largely self-taught through personal experimentation and his close inspection of masterpieces from major museums.
After establishing his artistic practice in London, Mr Teather came to wider attention in spring 2007, when he was selected from international applications to be the inaugural artist-in-residence for Aberdeen Arts Centre.
Over the past 15 years, he has been the recipient of numerous grants and bursaries, with his paintings and drawings featuring in more than 100 gallery exhibitions across the UK and overseas.
He has featured in many international art prizes, including being a finalist for the London Contemporary Art Prize, Mayfair’s Cork Street Open Exhibition and shortlisted for the Celeste Prize. His artwork has also been widely showcased in publications and is held in a number of notable collections in the UK and overseas.
As well as being a visual artist, Mr Teather is also a musician and has fronted a succession of bands over the past 10 years, the latest being the Vicars of Stiffkey, a psych-rock band.
His interest in theatre and music has often influenced his painterly style and led to a variety of other collaborations. In 2010, he co-founded the Chelsea Collective, an international art group made up of postgraduate alumni of Chelsea College of Art & Design, which has exhibited in the UK and USA.
He joined the board of directors and trustees for the Anteros Arts Foundation for five years, before leaving the role to co-found Art Fair East, a major art fair for the East of England, which is due to be held at St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich, from 30 November – 3 December 2017.
Mr Teather has taught on drawing courses at University of the Arts London, Leeds College of Art & Design and currently is an associate lecturer at Norwich University of the Arts.
Three of his works are currently on display at Rushlight Gallery, Market Place, Reepham, which is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm. Email or telephone 01603 872216 for more details.