Anthony looks at the global appeal of the works of Norfolk artist Will Teather
Art in the round from Will Teather
One of my great joys in looking at art is seeing works that are original. By this, I am speaking of works that break new ground and/or try to say something in a different way to what I usually see. Believe me, it doesn’t happen often!
Another quality, that of innovation, is also incredibly rare within the art world. Much is re-hashed or sometimes simply copied as the artist’s mind-set often revolves around the belief that, if the process worked for someone else, it will work for me too. In possibly 80% of cases this is true, but it does lead to artwork that is simply derivative and therefore disappointing. More disappointing for me is when I am asked to value or appraise a collection and see poor imitations of more famous artists’ creations.
Why am I mentioning this? Well, here in our county we have an artist who is well-known to many and one who steps beyond the safety of producing the same works continually.
His name is Will Teather. Will is an artist whose work I enjoy looking at. It’s always interesting to see his creations. It’s not just his technique, but as much his subject matter that draws me to his works. They often have classical or historic influences yet the next time you see his work, are totally contemporary.
Many of us, in our walks around Norwich recently, will have seen Will’s Norwich Globes (infinite perspectives) and I am sure that an equal number of us were aware of his work before this.
Will’s globes are really worth spending time with. There’s one I look at often in the Royal Arcade and it’s a little bit different than what you may initially expect… if you take the time to look and study it.
There’s also a major technical difference between these works and a normal, two-dimensional work; perspective. In a twodimensional painting the artist is faced with a beginning and an end point and a defined subject.
He or she knows the work is confined between the borders of the canvas. However, in Will’s globes, this is completely disregarded and rather than being an easier task, it is infinitely more difficult to paint ‘in the round’ so to speak. There is no fixed composition point as such... everything is the subject of the composition.
To be successful, the globes must be able to be looked at from any angle and from any vantage point. The perspective from that particular point has to work – not an easy task.
Be aware too of the humour included in some of these works; take the time to look and absorb as much as you can. It will be worthwhile.
Also, I am very taken with Will’s other recent work, based on the work of artists such as Caravaggio, Titian and Rembrandt, amongst others. These are very much a contemporary take on classical works and are exploring new ground in the manner Will is known for.
If you haven’t taken a tour around Norwich to look at these globes, or to see Will’s other works on display, please do make the time to do so. It will be worth it.
Norwich Globes Art trail runs until September 1.
ABOVE: A spherical artwork in Norwich’s Royal Arcade from artist Will Teather (below)