The name Bedwyr Williams is becoming more and more familiar to a wide and diverse audience thanks to some recent high profile residencies, exhibitions and awards. It is to the artist’s credit that he does not seem to let this overly influence his work, which has its own very idiosyncratic take on the world.
Working mainly in performance, but accommodating photography, video, installation and sculpture, Williams places himself very much on the outside by adopting a set of bizarre personas such as the Grim Reaper, a windswept Welsh bard, a Lithuanian woodsman and perhaps most peculiarly becoming a rubber dinghy. That his oddball outsider characters have quickly become so popular, and also attracted international attention and prizes perhaps quells the myth that you have to water down your ideas for wide scale acclaim.
source: a-n The Artists Information Company
Arts Council of Wales
Jerwood Encounters: SHOW, Bedwyr Williams, Urbane Hick, 2011 (edited version 03:24)
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