William Mackrell studied BA Painting at Chelsea College of Art, London and is currently completing an MFA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths College, London (2016).
“The epic and sublime are central to Mackrell’s practice. His desire to challenge and struggle against his own endurance creates an unraveling process, which becomes itself the content. By using repetitive strategies in his actions, he measures the physicality of his presence and considers how the extraordinary can stem from these accumulative endeavours. Venturing between the plausible and the absurd, he stretches metaphorical actions to breaking point. Often humour arises through his encounter with the absurd. He allows for the unexpected to enter into his work, rupturing the process to produce something new that can elevate the original intention. Mackrell questions language’s inability to document the progression of human existence, particularly how the organic struggles to mould with the mechanical.”
Graham Domke, Exhibitions Curator, Dundee Contemporary Arts Scotland.
Selected solo exhibitions include The Ryder, London (2015), MOCA London and Arts Gallery, London (2012). Selected group exhibitions; Pi Artworks, London, Jerwood Space, London, FOLD Gallery, London, Drawing Room, London (2015), Cuadro Gallery, Dubai, Pump House Gallery, London (2014), Krinzinger Projekte, Vienna, A.P.T Gallery London (2013), Andipa Gallery (2013) Dundee Contemporary Arts Scotland (2012), Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts Melbourne and Two Rooms Gallery Auckland (2010).
In 2013 Mackrell was invited as artist in residence at Krinzinger Projekte Galerie Krinzinger Vienna. His works have been exhibited at Miami Art Basel (2015) and Frieze London with Galerie Krinzinger (2015), (2014) and (2013). His Performance videos were also selected for a solo presentation at ‘Plug In’ Contemporary Istanbul Art Fair (2013). William Mackrell was shortlisted for the International Emerging Artist Award (2014) and supported by the Arts Council, England for his performance Deux Chevaux (2014). He was awarded the Sculpture Shock Award 2015 and selected for the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2015. He recently presented a new site specific performance, Arrival with GenArt during Miami Basel Art Fair 2015.
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