Will Wilford

Based Bristol, UK
Will Wilford


Will Wilford is a painter based in Bristol, UK. He completed his BA at The University of Reading in 2015 and his MA at Bath School of Art and Design in 2017. Since then he has gone onto continue work as an Artist based in south west UK.

Artist Statement:

I make paintings about the language of painting; formal elements of colour, structure and gesture make up abstract compositions where painterly properties are the focus. Making pictures that do things that only paint can do really interests me. The idea that painting is often intellectual enough in its self is important, and has modesty to it that I feel sits at ease with my quite sincere approach to making work. I rarely use paintbrushes, instead adopting unconventional tools to create marks. The gestures created from these processes often act as compositional focal points, and paintings are sometimes left alone as finished work once these marks are made. I like the idea of making big gestures in smaller paintings and so the size of the work is often moderate. Minimalism interests me and I often borrow from its language in my work; austere and simple compositions aim to contradict the heightened use of colour. Colour is crucial to the work, and I often use the pastel tones of the retro and pre digital. I like the idea of looking back technologically speaking, rather than forward; and I feel that this sits quite well with the use of paint, an inherently analogue medium. The architectural nature of gesture sits at the heart of much of my work, and exploring how painterly marks can act as structure in a composition is drives my processes. Controlled chance plays a big part in the forming of these gestural frameworks, as you can never be entirely sure what sort of mark you will end up with. Because of this chance element work is often made and unmade until you end up with a composition that communicates something more than the sum of its parts. This serves to add a history of making to the pictures that I feel is important to the way the work operates.


  • 2016 - 2017: Bath School of Art and Design, MFA
  • 2011 - 2015: University of Reading, BA Art – First
  • 2009 - 2011: Wiltshire College Trowbridge, BTEC National Diploma in Art & Design – Distinction

Selected Exhibitions & Awards

  • 2019: Will Wilford, Recent Paintings @ Bath Artists Studios, Bath
  • 2018: Aug, Stroud Summer Show @ Stroud Valley Arts, Stroud
  • 2018: May, Pavillion of Painting @ Rupert & Buckley, Bath
  • 2017: 20 years of this @ Roper Gallery, Bath
  • 2017: MA Degree Show @ Bath School of Art and Design, Bath
  • 2017: SOMEPLACE @ Centrespace gallery, Bristol
  • 2017: ZeitHeist @ Milsom Place, Bath
  • 2017: Will Wilford: paintings @ The White Horse Gallery, Marlborough
  • 2017: The future can’t wait @ Black swan Arts, Frome
  • 2017: Feb, BSAD MFA residency exhibition @ The Walcot Chapel, Bath


  • 2019: Feature, 100 Artists of the Future, https://www.amazon.co.uk/100-Artists-Future-Contemporary-Curator/dp/1912183889/ref=olp_product_details?_encoding=UTF8&me=&qid=1560080299&sr=8-1
  • 2019: Feature, Wotisart February issue
  • 2017: Interview, Contemporary Art Curator, http://www.contemporaryartcuratormagazine.com/home-2/2017willwilford
  • 2016: Feature, ‘Painting of the day’ Contemporary British painting
  • 2014: Collection – The shape of things: Geometric Collection, Saatchi Art, https://www.saatchiart.com/art-collection/Painting-Collage-Drawing/The-Shape-of-Things-Geometric-Collection/2/36381/view


  • Included in "100 Artists of the Future" publication, curated by the Contemporary Art Curator Magazine

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  • Achievements & Goals

    • Being featured in the art book '100 Artist's of The Future' published by Contemporary Art Curator
    • Showing a solo exhibition of my work in 2017
    • To work full time as an artist
    • To have an international exhibition
    • To create more work
  • Genre & Style

    • Contemporary abstract painting
    • Gestural abstraction
  • Inspiration & Vision

    • Colour, I think increasingly it is becoming the focus of the work
    • The mechanics of painting and how pictures can be resolved through spontaneity
    • Music
  • Sales & Trajectory

    • Already sold works
    • Self-financed
  • Technique & Material

    • Mixed media applied in various techniques


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