Victor Willing




Timothy Taylor presents the gallery’s first exhibition of paintings and studies by the late British artist Victor Willing (1928-1988), following announcement of representation earlier this year. Highlighting the fierce and complex surrealism Willing voiced in the 1970s-80s, the paintings hold a sharp emotional range – from joy to cerebral anxiety and the pain of mortality – that feels uniquely attuned to the present moment.

In the early 1970s Willing experienced his first vision following a return to England from Portugal, where he had lived with his children and wife, the artist Paula Rego. Shifting from figuration to a mysterious blend of the metaphysical and the geometric, Willing began to paint furiously in response to hallucinatory reveries that appeared on the wall of his windowless Stepney studio. Ideas of memory, loneliness and nostalgia recur in rich golden-hued shades as distorted organic shapes and domestic symbols. Influenced by Jungian dream psychoanalysis, these fragmented images hint at the elusive workings of a solitary subconscious.

Though exhibited in notable museum solo exhibitions such as the Whitechapel Gallery during his life, Will- ing suffered from multiple sclerosis and died tragically at the age of sixty, leaving a small but profound legacy of works behind. His dense brushstrokes became configured by illness as time went on, while references to a man in flames suggest a desire for phoenix-like transformation. Yet the paintings express a joy in life, favouring fresh, bright shades of royal blue and cadmium orange, swamp green with an economy of line that encourages the viewer to fill in the gaps.

The gallery will be showcasing artworks that have never been exhibited before.

Duration 22 September 2022 - 05 November 2022
Times Tuesday to Friday 10am – 6pm
Cost Free
Venue Timothy Taylor
Address 15 Bolton Street, London, W1J 8BG
Contact 442074093344 / mail@timothytaylor.com / www.timothytaylor.com/

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