New exhibition of dramatic paintings comes to Norwich Theatre Royal
1/2/2019 to 18/03/2019
9.30am – 8pm Monday-Saturday
A Joint Exhibition featuring artwork by Will Teather and John Link opens at Norwich Theatre Royal this weekend. The pair are established Norwich based figurative painters, responding to theatrical and dramatic themes.
Following a successful launch exhibition in London Bridge at the Underdog Gallery, Will Teather brings to the Theatre a selection of works from his series, Maximalist Banquet. The title of the new collection refers to the painter’s interest in excess and overloading his images with both subject matter, colour and symbolism.
In recent years Teather has created a number of new works that look to the history of art for inspiration. Sacred Geometry provides the catalyst for Teather’s fractured images of old masters paintings, where the underlying structures of historical paintings are used to explode the original image into fragmented patterns. The results are strikingly psychedelic with a great sense of movement, helping reveal new insights into familiar artworks by the likes of Carravaggio and Manet.
An interest in pattern is also evident in the painter’s fluorescent and supernatural reinterpretations of Tudor Portraits. These images present a mind-bending pop-art take on European court painting, referencing the otherworldly qualities already inherent in many historical portraits.
Norfolk based artist Will Teather’s work has been exhibited internationally to acclaim, with recent exhibitions including as a guest artist for Artrooms London, Artwars at Red Dot Miami and as a finalist in the London Contemporary Art Prize. He is the Artist-in-Residence for Norwich Arts Centre, following on from previous residencies with venues in New York and Aberdeen.
John Link has a background in film and has completed portraits for a number of actors.
Dame Judi Dech says:
“Link’s paintings are colourful, quirky, fun, but in the expressive faces, our first impression is of a pervading melancholia, “that sense of being a bit lost, damaged”. The weight of human self awareness, and our isolation as individuals, are its crux. Colour vitalises, design contains and these cushion the melancholy. There is an imagined conversation: “Who am I? Where am I going?” Pondering existence, perhaps on the verge of some liberating insight? These paintings, like Shakespeare’s plays, hold a lightness alongside an intensity and weave a curious unexpected line between them.’
The exhibition runs until the 18th March 2019.