William Brickel. The Bullies, 2019, watercolours on paper, 152 x 170 cm

William Brickel. The Bullies, 2019, watercolours on paper, 152 x 170 cm

Starting from imagination, recalled memories, and observations of everyday situations, William Brickel creates watercolours in which every aspect is a result of subconscious and conscious decisions made while drawing: the idea for how the painting has to be arrives and departs very quickly, shifting and morphing during its creation.

The interplay between and the setting in which his characters are depicted, take shape starting from different sources, such as a face seen in an Old Master painting or a domestic scene reminisced from life - elements that he stumbles on rather than looks for.

Presenting a strong psychological and visual narrative, William Brickel creates scenes in which all compositional choices are based on the interrelation between the physicality and psyche of his figures and the context they inhabit. Their underlying psychological narrative is revealed through their facial expressions, their movements and the seeming unnaturalness of their body parts, which becomes the ground on which his own Physiognomic language takes shape.

The conglomeration of all these elements produces disjointed aspects to familiar forms, which nonetheless serve a much more true representation of what he sees and recalls.

William Brickel (b. 1994) is a painter based in London, UK. He studied Fine Art Photography at Camberwell College of Art, UK in 2015-2017 and finished the Post- Graduate Program at the Royal Drawing School in London, UK in 2017-2018.