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Will Teather (b.1980)
Central St Martins & Chelsea College of Art & Design.
British artist Will Teather is well known for creating images that reveal a unique imagination combined with a mastery of traditional skills. His 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.
Title: The Moon
has Lost his Memory
Rhapsody to a Windy Night by T.S. Elliot
girls are from the play Earnest and the Pale Moon by Les Enfants Terrible. The
play is about two characters bewitched by the moon. Some paintings in the
series were featured in Les Enfants Terrible book of collected plays. The
artwork also reflects my ongoing interest in duality and chiaroscuro effects.
One feature of the moon a rare self portrait" Teather
paintings form part of an ongoing body of work, that was presented as an
installation at Chelsea College of Art and Design, including artefacts such as
posters, costumes and castings of the protagonists within this saga.
Maudeline Spacks, named after the "Maud" of Tennyson's poem of the
same name, is a vanishing artist and femme fatale. Her erstwhile persona
is the performance artist, Dot Howard (www.dothoward.com). Maudeline's
tour de force was a duel show at Sydney Opera House and the Royal Opera House
London, where she performed in both venues at the same time. A video link
up broadcast the concurrent shows in real-time to each venue. During the
course of her Magnus Opus, Maud became lost in transit somewhere between
the London and Sydney, never to be seen again. Incidentally,
Charlie Chaplin was once spotted in 800 simultaneous sightings across
There is speculation that there was one further siting of Maud, a few hours
after the performance, outside a house in Pimlico talking to a man in a dark
fedora hat. The man fits the description of Andrew Plummer, of World
Sanguine Report, ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhiPUmB769s ). Plummer
was infatuated by Maud, like most people who met her, and reportedly
heartbroken when his advances were refused during rehearsals. I met
Plummer when I was commissioned to paint the stage set and publicity images for
Maud's performance, for which he was one of the support acts. In
hindsight, the paintings seem to have foreseen Maud being kidnapped by
Plummer and falling into an interstice, a sort of lacuma, where she becomes
"Schroedinger's cat," so to speak. At this point one should
turn to Siouxsie and the Banshees for elucidation:
"She tries not to shatter,kaleidoscope style
personality changes behind her red smile
every new problem brings a stranger inside
helpessly forcing one more new disguise
Christine-the strawberry girl
Christine-banana split lady
Christine-the strawberry girl
Christine sees her faces unfurl"
Street London Open Exhibition - three consecutive years
Celeste Prize 2009 - shortlisted
(Lord Provost of Aberdeen)
& Mannington Estate.