An­thony looks at the global appeal of the works of Nor­folk artist Will Teather

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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)

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