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Shifting viewpoints inspire Norwich painter’s new work on unusual canvases

PUBLISHED: 15:57 08 August 2014

Artist Will Teather working on his prototype of his 360 degree paintings in multiple perspective project, at his studio in Muspole Street. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Artist Will Teather working on his prototype of his 360 degree paintings in multiple perspective project, at his studio in Muspole Street. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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A Norwich artist is set to help audiences see the world we live in from different perspectives as he blurs the boundaries between the 2D and 3D in his latest work.

Instead of using a painter’s traditional canvas, Will Teather is set to create art upon large globes and other curved creations and he will showcase the first stage of his project at an exhibition at Anteros Arts Foundation in Norwich in October. Pictures of Norwich and Norfolk are set to be incorporated as well as images of flocks of birds.

Mr Teather, 33, whose city studio is at Muspole Workshops, has received more than £16,000 in funding and there are plans some of the project could feature in a poster on the London Underground in collaboration with ArtBelow Projects.

“The origins of this body of work is in magical realism. A lot of my work deals the carnivalesque and a sense of the uncanny,” said Mr Teather, who added he thought the images being created were a bit like the curious shape-shifting mirrors from fairgrounds.

“It’s about creating extraordinary visual spectacle through painting. It’s about the relationship between the 2D and the 3D, and about creating something closer to the way we see.”

He added: “Our eyes are spheres and rotate around a space and I wanted to find a way to depict that.”

The project is receiving an Arts Council England grant of more than £14,000 as well as support from University of the Arts London, Norwich University of the Arts and Norfolk County Council.

Mr Teather said: “The canvases would be shaped so that the viewpoints shift both physically and in representation, creating a dialogue between the flat image and sculptural form of the canvas. The funding is to allow me the time and resources to research ways of achieving this, including working with digital animators to render scenes that are viewed from multiple viewpoints. I aim to create an experience where visitors to the show [at Anteros] will feel like they have literally walked into the middle of a flock of birds!”

Mr Teather has featured in over 100 gallery exhibitions internationally and is represented in Norwich by the Anteros Arts Foundation and Mandells Gallery. For more on Mr Teather’s work visit

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