If your not familiar with the work of Bristol based graffic artist Will Barras then now is the pefect time to check out his work with current exhibition 'Plaza' on show at Edinburgh's Gamma Transport Division.
Will has been a producing his unique characters and paintings for a number of years although his style has evolved since the early days of his Addict t - shirt designs (which are like gold dust these days) and has progressed with his use of colour and line perfected to the point where abstract colour splodges and drips can be rendered into the most beautiful shapes and forms. His bio on the Stolenspace site sums it up nicely "His figures appear to be in a state of perpetual metamorphosis - caught
for a brief moment between one manifestation and the next. always at
the mercy of the swirling forces that surround them." Some of Will's other paintings bring to mind scenes from Blade Runner with futuristic city scapes blurred into background as lean figures meander through the voids.
I recently did a short post about some of Will's newer works as they are just so breathtaking, like a rainbow flowing across the canvas but also showing something dark underneath, not unsettling but buzzing with some unknown energy. You should check out more of his work via his website here. The majority of work in 'Plaza' seem to follow a different path with a more fun and playful feel to them, splashes of colour bring a variety of characters to life away from the looming cityscapes. The more you look the more his lines will suck you in!
As well as setting up the Gamma show Will managed to squeeze in a stunning mural for Recoat as part of their Spring Fling murals, you can read more about that here. If your unable to make it along to GTD then you can still purchase a piece via the Gamma webstore here and the show runs until the end of July.
Will Barras - Plaza - Exhibition at GTD Edinburgh - Gamma Proforma from Gamma Proforma on Vimeo.