The Underdog is proud to present "Maximalist Banquet", a solo exhibition, by British painter Will Teather.
Opening Viewing Friday 7th September from 6pm until 10pm.
Please join us for a feast of art and medieval banquet! Will's new band, Maximalist Banquet, will provide our entertainment from 9pm.
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The show runs until Tuesday 25th September.
After breaking sales records at events such as the Other Art Fair, painter Will Teather’s debut one-man show arrives in the capital. The show brings together works from across the artists body of work, that are both refreshingly contemporary, otherworldly and rooted in the medium’s rich and complex traditions.
The figurative painter, 38, emerged from East London's burgeoning art scene in the early 2000s, before relocating to Norwich during the gentrification of Hackney. In recent years he 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 psychedelic with a great sense of movement, helping reveal new insights into familiar artworks by the likes of Carravaggio and Manet.
The artist has also played with other fundamental aspects that define painting as a genre. This has included creating three-dimensional paintings on globes and unusually formed canvases that employ an innovative type of inverse perspective. These groundbreaking artworks give a 360° view of a space across a painted sphere, blurring the boundaries between painting and sculpture.
The title of the show, Maximalist Banquet, refers to the painter's interest in excess and overloading his images with both subject matter, colour and symbolism. This is evident in another new collection: the painter's fluorescent and supernatural reinterpretations of Tudor Portraits. These are a sort of psychotropic pop-art take on European court painting, that includes scenes of hell coming out of Henry 8th's head.
“The show is about every thing all at once, in glorious technicolour; a cornucopic banquet for the senses. A long-standing reference for me is Aldous Huxley’s 1954 essay, The Doors of Perception, that explored a variety of concepts, including the idea that the brain eliminates unessential information from the totality of the “mind at large.” This exhibition is, perhaps, about trying to reveal those things that may otherwise go unnoticed as we filter our everyday life. “