The forlorn figures in William Brickel’s paintings brood in claustrophobic contortions. Their inner lives seem to be as convoluted as their poses, as ambivalent as their mien.
— Tyler Malone, Artforum, 2020
The Artist Room is pleased to present a solo exhibition of works by William Brickel (b.1994).
Brickel’s new works continue his uniquely sensitive and eloquent explorations of the human figure. Far From Anything includes paintings, charcoal drawings and watercolours that continue his ongoing intention to uncover how the passage of time re-shapes how we understand history. This exhibition follows the artist’s first institutional solo exhibition, I’d Tell You If I Could, at San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, California in 2021.
In Brickel’s world, figures are situated in captivating poses, elegantly staged in moments of intimacy, longing, reflection and ennui. Drawing from both biographical and imagined narratives, Brickel’s interior scenes, such as The Landing (2022), are rooted in the artist’s physical experience. ‘I paint from my imagination, and the closest thing I can get to something physical, if I’m stuck, is myself,’ he once noted. ‘I look in the mirror… and paint from the feel.’