William Costelloe

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Coming from an artistic background, my father a fashion designer and my late uncle, a sculptor, I was introduced to the art world from a very early age. From my love and passion of painting and drawing, I completed my three year Undergraduate Degree in Painting at Camberwell College of Art, London and now I am currently undertaking my Masters in Fine Art Degree at Chelsea College of Art, London.

I have always worked in a figurative style and I find my ideas and inspirations from galleries, museums, theatres, films and making sure I'm aware of all my surroundings. With the inspiration of various artists such as Peter Doig, Luc Tuymans, George Bellows and Edgar Degas, I construct my ‘Boxing Series’ works using a complicated painting and drawing process which unites the figures within the boxing club surroundings. The paintings focus on movement and the objects within a conventional boxing club rather than the pure act of boxing focusing on the boxers. Instead, I create a suggestive ‘tension’ or ‘fight’ using different mediums; in other words, letting the mediums battle it out on the canvas. Composition, which is integral to my work, is shown with formality and balance that underpins the energy of the boxer’s movements. In the boxing ring, which is contained by ropes and a referee, the composition keeps the movement within the canvas creating an even greater tension. I aim to actively encourage the scanning response in several ways, for example seizing the attention with some feature or ‘happening’ in the foreground. I want to keep the audience looking and scanning.

I always strive to give my audience a sense of something they personally have never experienced before. On viewing my work I want to encourage the audience to view my work, visualising that they are the spectators watching what is going on in the paintings and drawings and therefore really engaging in the space.

Education
Chelsea College of Art- Masters in Fine Art
Awards
Clyde and Co Art Award, Shortlisted, 2014
Clyde and Co Art Award, Shortlisted, 2015
Exhibits
Group Exhibition at Chelsea College of Art Masters in Fine Art Final Show, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 2015
Group Exhibition at Studio 54 Shoreditch, London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 2013
Group Exhibition at Vyner Street Gallery, London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 2013
Group Exhibition at Aura Mayfair Nightclub, London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 2014
Group Exhibition at Camberwell College of Art Final Year Show, London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 2014
Group Exhibition at Sol Art Gallery, Dublin, Ireland, 2014
Group Exhibition at Clyde and Co Art Award Exhibition, London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 2015
Group Exhibition at Chelsea College of Art Masters in Fine Art Interim Show, London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 2015

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