Will Barras

King

Will Barras, 77x57cm

Baast

Will Barras, 77x57cm

Earth

Will Barras, 77x57cm

Gasser

Will Barras, 66,5×101,2cm

Mario

Will Barras, 49,8×70,5cm

BIO

Born in Birmingham in 1973, Will Barras is a pioneer of the British street art scene. In 1999, as a founding member of an artist collective in Bristol, he was one of the main protagonists of a new creative movement from which Banksy and others later emerged. In the past 15 years he has realized numerous mural projects worldwide: in Tate Modern’s turbine hall he collaborated on a mural with two other members of his collective, and in Taipei he painted a mural for the Pow!Wow! Festival.

His figurative painting on paper or canvas is characterized by his distinctive style. Using volatile colour fields and fluid lines, Will Barras depicts story fragments. They are snapshots of movements in a modern urban environment – female figures play a central role in these scenes as well as fast vehicles.

In addition to his work as an artist, Barras has made a name for himself as an illustrator and animation director. He now lives and works in London.

BIO

Der 1973 in Birmingham geborene Will Barras ist ein Pionier der britischen Street Art Szene. Als Mitbegründer eines Künstlerkollektivs im Jahr 1999 in Bristol war er einer der ersten Akteure einer neuen kreativen Bewegung, aus der später auch Banksy hervorgetreten ist. In den letzten 15 Jahren hat er international zahlreiche Wandprojekte realisiert: so gestaltete er unter anderem zusammen mit zwei anderen Mitgliedern seines Künstlerkollektivs ein Mural in der Turbinenhalle der Tate Modern und für das Pow!Wow! Festival eine große Wand in Taipeh, Taiwan.

Seine figurative Malerei auf Papier oder Leinwand zeichnet sich durch einen unverwechselbaren Stil aus. Will Barras stellt auf der Grundlage von flüchtigen Farbflächen und fließenden Linien Fragmente von Geschichten dar. Es sind Momentaufnahmen von Bewegung in einem modernen, urbanen Umfeld – Frauenfiguren spielen dabei eine ebenso zentrale Rolle wie schnelle Fahrzeuge.

Neben seiner Tätigkeit als freischaffender Künstler hat er sich auch als Illustrator und animation director einen Namen gemacht. Will Barras lebt und arbeitet in London.

VITA

Born 1973
Lives and works in London


SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2017
Into The Middle Of Things — Solo Exhibition, Die Kunstagentin Gallery, Cologne, Germany

2015
Vivid Bunch Vol #2 — Group Exhibition, Die Kunstagentin, Cologne, Germany

2013
Perfect Creature — Solo Exhibition, AF Gallery, Cologne, Germany

2012
Group Exhibition, T and J Artwalk, Oslo, Norway

2011
When Everything is Shut — Solo Exhibition, Spacejunk, Lyon/Bayonne/Grenoble, France
Group Exhibition, POW WOW, Hawaii, USA

2010
Bad Reception — Solo Exhibition, Stolen Space, London, England
Group Exhibition, Primary Flight, Miami, USA
Group Exhibition, POW WOW Garage Works, Hong Kong
Group Exhibition at Original Culture, Music and Art expo p2, London, England

2009
Darling, We’re Leaving — Solo Exhibition, Upper Playground, San Fransisco, USA
Crimes of Passion — Group Exhibition, RWA, Bristol, England
Group Exhibition at Original Cultures, Music and Art expo, Bologna, Italy

2008
Pants VS Trousers — Solo Exhibition, The Don Gallery, Milan, Italy (Show with Jeremy Fish)
Absolute Shower — Solo Exhibition, Carmichael Gallery, LA
La Paz — Solo Exhibition, Stolen Space, London, England
Scope — Group Exhibition, Nonewenemies, New York, USA
Grand — Group Exhibition, Zurich, Switzerland
Botanique — Group Exhibition, Brussells, Belgium
Psion Gallery Scrawl show, Los Angeles, USA
Fame Festival, Puglia, Italy (Painting in disused Monastry and exhibition)
Pop!Tech, Maine, USA

2007
Health and Safety — Solo Exhibition, Upper Playground, Portland, USA
2nd hand smoke — Solo Exhibition, Mr Ego / Nonewenemies, Brussells, Belgium (Show with Mr Jago)
Witch Wagon — Solo Exhibition, Amble Gallery, Philadelphia, USA (Show with Dave Anderson)
Scope Art Fair / Primary Flight, Miami, USA

2006
MORE, Milan
Mind Power — Group Exhibition, Subaquatica, Madrid, Spain
Electric Pet — Group Exhibition, Space Junk Gallery, Grenoble, France

2005
Vicinity — Solo Exhibition, Alice Gallery Brussells, Belgium (Show with Mr Jago and Steff Plaetz)
Urban Edge — Group Exhibition, Milan, Italy
Wordless — Group Exhibition, Zurich, Switzerland

2004
Solo Exhibition, Upper Playground, San Fransisco, USA
Art Impropa — Group Exhibition, Milan, Italy
Keep abreast— Group Exhibition, Biarritz, France
Chairfix — Group Exhibition, Tokyo, Japan
Wordless — Group Exhibition, Zurich, Switzerland
Designers Block — Group Exhibition, Tokyo, Japan

2003
Streetwise — Group Exhibition, Berlin, Germany
Modart — Group Exhibition, Munich, Germany

2002
Hanku Osaka — Group Exhibition, Japan
Parko Tokyo — Group Exhibition, Japan

2001
GSSA — Group Exhibition, Osaka Live Painting
Dream Bags — Group Exhibition, London, England

Publications

Scrawl – Ric Blackshaw / Liz Farrely – Booth-Clibborn
Street Sketchbook – Ric Blackshaw / Liz Farrely – Thames & Hudson Street Art ( in the artists own words )
Rotovision Chidren of the can ( 25 years of Bristol Graffiti ) – Felix Braun – Tangent Books
Big Geezers: A European Paint Tour, – Coskun Gueven
WALLS & FRAMES: FINE ART FROM THE STREETS… – Maximiliano Ruiz – Gestalten
Modart – Harlan Levey
Motorcycle Graphics – Gary Inman – Graffito
Magazines:- Juxtapoz, Modart, Popeye, Creative Review, Mikosa,
Rugged Magazine, Modart.

NEWS

Will Barras Interview at the Original Cultures Event 2010

„Keep Doodling“ – Kurze Film-Dokumentation über den Künstler Will Barras

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