British artist Will Teather is known for creating arresting images that reveal a unique imagination combined with a mastery of traditional skills. The artist’s 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, the artist enters into direct conversation with the history of painting with the aim of bringing a contemporary sensibility to the table.
Following on from his childhood years in rural Norfolk where he was surrounded by religious imagery and books on historical painting, Teather’s knowledge of contemporary art was refined through periods of study at Central St Martins and Chelsea College of Art & Design. After establishing his artistic practice in the East London art communes of the early noughties, 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.
Following his time in Scotland, the artist returned to Norfolk where he spent over 3 years as the Artist-in-Residence for the Anteros Arts Foundation, based in their Bergh Apton venue and subsequently Norwich, before setting up a permanent studio in the city’s cultural quarter. In 2012, as a recipient of the Ruth Katzman Scholarship, he lived in New York whilst he took part in The Vytlacil Campus Artist-in-Residence Program. He is the current Artist-in- Residence for Norwich Arts Centre and an Associate Lecturer at Norwich University of the Arts.
His artworks have been collected widely, breaking sales records for events including London’s The Other Art Fair and received numerous grants, awards and bursaries. His work has featured in over 200 gallery exhibitions internationally, with recent exhibitions including as a guest artist for Artrooms London, Artwars Miami, Norwich Castle Museum and as a finalist in the London Contemporary Art Prize.
His art has been widely showcased in publications including The International Drawing Annual, Wall Street International, Grazia, Artists and Illustrators, London Evening Standard, The Artist Magazine and The Antiques Trade Gazette. He has also provided art criticism and articles on technique for award-winning books, magazines and television.