British portrait artist William Teather is well known for creating contemporary portraits that combine a unique imagination with a mastery of traditional skills. He regularly travels across the UK for private and public commissions.
After spending his childhood in rural Norfolk surrounded by religious imagery and books on historical painting, Teather's knowledge of contemporary art was refined through undertaking degree and postgraduate studies in London at Central St Martins and Chelsea College of Art & Design. Teather's skill as a professional portrait painter, however, remains largely self-taught through personal experimentation and his close inspection of masterpieces from major museums.
His paintings have featured in over 100 gallery exhibitions and many publications. Paintings have been showcased in venues alongside the work of modern greats such as Pablo Picasso, David Hockney and Peter Blake. Commissioners of portraits have included the City of Aberdeen (under curatorial care of Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums), Ana Silvera (singer), The Wolterton and Mannington Estate and The Aude Gotto Collection.
Mr Teather has received numerous grants and scholarships, and been a finalist in international art prizes. He has been awarded spells as Artist-in-Residence for venues in New York, Aberdeen and Norfolk. His work is held in public and private collections in the UK and overseas.
"Teather's work is arresting, heart-stopping and exquisitely executed. "
Laura Williams, curator, Art 1821
"A leading UK artist." Press and Journal, Scotland