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Victor Willing
Victor Willing, 22 September5 November 2022, London

Timothy Taylor is pleased to present the gallery’s first exhibition of paintings and studies by the late British artist Victor Willing (1928-1988), following announcement of representation earlier this year. Highlighting the fierce and complex surrealism Willing voiced in the 1970s-80s, the paintings hold a sharp emotional range - from joy to cerebral anxiety and the pain of mortality - that feels uniquely attuned to the present moment.

In the early 1970s Willing experienced his first vision following a return to England from Portugal, where he had lived with his children and wife, the artist Paula Rego. Shifting from figuration to a mysterious blend of the metaphysical and the geomtric, Willing began to paint furiously in response to hallucinatory reveries that appeared on the wall of his windowless Stepney studio. Ideas of memory, loneliness and nostalgia recur in rich golden-hued shades as distorted organic shapes and domestic symbols. Influenced by Jungian dream psychoanalysis, these fragmented images hint at the elusive workings of a solitary subconscious.

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Untitled (Sphinx), 1982, Crayon and pastel on paper
Pavilions, 1979, Crayon and pastel on paper
Untitled (Breathe), 1982, Pastel and charcoal on paper
Cythère, 1982, Oil on canvas
Callot: Cavalier, 1983, Oil on canvas
Three Into Two Won't Go, 1984, Oil on canvas
Victor Willing – Timothy Taylor