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Will Fice, born in 1999, graduated from Leeds Arts University in 2020 with a BA in Fine Art. He had his first solo presentation with Patrick Davies Contemporary Art in 2021 and has since been recognised as an emerging artist to watch. He was included in a number of online shows during the pandemic and in 2023; had his first solo gallery exhibition with Monti8 in Latina, Italy. Fice is based between Leeds and Surrey in the UK.

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

2023   Nashville Hot Summer, Red Arrow Gallery, Nashville, US

2023   Beautiful losers, Monti8, Latina, Italy

2022   Transference KO Arts & Antiques, UK (Artsy online presentation)

2022   Exit 26, Monti8, Latina, Italy 

2022   #1 Exhibition, Artsinsquare, US (Artsy online presentation)

2021   ArtHelix: Life Interrupted – Painting during the pandemic, SHIM Art Network,  

           (Artsy online presentation)  

2021   Waiting room, Patrick Davies Contemporary Art (Artsy online presentation) 

2020   Untilted, Leeds Arts University Degree show, UK (online presentation)

2020   Shim/Bachelors Show, SHIM Art Network, Artsy online presentation)

2020   Resilience, Coles Gallery, Leeds, UK

2019   Fine wine and conversation, The Pigeon, London, UK

2019   Bologneology, Hyde Park Book Club, Leeds, UK

2018   Yeah man fairs, Lamberts Yard, Leeds, UK

 

2018   Release, Wharf Chambers, Leeds, UK 

Interviews and Publications

2023    Curators’ Picks: Emerging, Artsy 

2022   ‘William Fice on his paintings, becoming an artist, creative process & more’, 

            Overstandard  

2021   ‘In conversation with Patrick Davies’, Patrick Davies Contemporary Art

 

2020   ‘Student artists exhibit their final shows online – in pictures’, The Guardian 

2020   ‘10 In demand works on Artsy this week’, Artsy 

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