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William Fice (b. 1999) graduated in 2020 from Leeds Arts University with BA (Hons). After a series of group exhibitions, he had his first solo exhibition with Patrick Davies Contemporary Art in 2021 and has since been recognised as an emerging artist to watch, featuring on Artsy’s ‘In demand works’ and The Guardian. Originally from Redhill, Surrey, he descends from a non-creative background and now lives and works in Leeds where he continues to develop his practice.

William's work explores the liminal space between adolescence and adulthood. Young men are captured and rendered in paint through direct; intensely saturated washes of colour, opening the door to an altered world in which his figures inhabit with richness and purpose. Gathering source material from Instagram, group chats between friends where photos have been exchanged, as well as his own experiences and observations; Will’s representation eventually finds itself between the peripherals of the real and the imaginary. A sense of ambiguity fuels his images. Imagined elements are carefully placed, duplicated and moulded into compositions; establishing and framing a narrative that brings to question the viewers perception.

Education

Exhibitions

Leeds Arts University

BA (Hons) Fine Art. 2017-2020

Yeah man fairs - Lamberts Yard - Leeds - 2018

Release - Wharf Chambers - Leeds - 2018

Fine wine and conversation - The pigeon, Camberwell - London – 2019

Bologneology – Hyde Park Book Club – Leeds - 2019

Untilted – Online degree show - Leeds Arts University – 2020

The SHIM/Bachelors Show – online group show – SHIM Art Network – Artsy - 2020

Resilience – group show - Coles Gallery – Leeds - 2020

Waiting Room – solo online show – Patrick Davies Contemporary Art - 2021

Interviews and Publications