Will is an artist and printmaker based in Rye, East Sussex. He is a member of the Society of Graphic Fine Art (for which he has served on the Council and is a past President) and the Rye Society of Artists.
He has regularly exhibited work across Kent and East Sussex and at major exhibitions in London since 2005. He has had solo gallery shows in London 2011 and Tunbridge Wells 2012, has shown at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, The Mall Galleries BITE printmaking exhibition, New English Art Club, Royal Society of British Artists, STRARTA at the Saatchi Gallery, and also shows at the Affordable Art Fair Battersea. In publications, “What’s the Story? - Artists talking about original printmaking” (Circaidy Gregory Press 2012) features a biography and contributions from Will, alongside some of the leading printmakers in the UK. “The Artful Hare” (Mascot Media 2015) features a number of Will’s hare prints.
He grew up in Liverpool and qualified as a Mechanical Engineer. After a first career in business consultancy for oil & gas companies, in 2001 he chose a dramatically different direction to become a full-time artist He attended short schools at the Slade School of Fine Art London and Kent Institute of Art and Design Maidstone but is predominantly self-taught. His work explores traditional techniques in etching, pen, silverpoint and charcoal, and always contains a strong element of drawing. Field animals, including cattle, hares and sheep of Romney Marsh near where he lives, are a recurring theme in his work.
His Natural Sciences etchings explore layers of ideas and embody Will’s love of line and humour. Inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s notebooks, they challenge the viewer to decode, remember and understand the characters and connections, and recall Will’s science education. Whilst being drawn into the detailed marks of an etching, viewers are also challenged to stand back to take in his large charcoal studies of the animals that populate the etching plates.
Travel around the world, has given the opportunity to develop works in oils and watercolour, including a painting trip to India Rajasthan in 2014.
In addition to his Fine Art work, Will’s line technique has lent itself to illustration of a number of childrens’ books, and posters for a large international retailer. He is also an accomplished illustrator in traditional dip pen and ink.