#stayhome: FOCUS at Praz-Delavallade with Brian Wills


For the coming weeks, Praz-Delavallade will present “FOCUS”, a new series of weekly artist portraits to give insight into their artistic practices. We will share selected works, highlights from past gallery and institutional exhibitions, artist talks, press reviews and publications.

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This week’s FOCUS is LA artist Brian WILLS

Brian Wills’ art adopts a meticulous approach that is illustrated by the painted and varnished wooden panels that are crisscrossed by spoke-like motifs of colorful threads. These threads, which either accept or reject light, form a mosaic of attraction and repulsion: a satin-finished exterior and a bright and shiny interior where the colors are gradually revealed as the viewer moved forwards or backwards. Brian Wills is fond of this artifice, this fiction that means his art works change continually, allowing him to explore line and color, depth and movement. They vibrate, defying space and light and obliging the viewer to establish a physically intimate contact with the canvas in a controlled chaos that favors a perpetual, radical and dramatic aesthetic effect.

Brian Wills, Untitled (Galaxy blue interwoven 5,760 threads), 2018, rayon, polyester and metallic thread on wood, 24 x 24 in (61 x 61 cm)
courtesy Praz-Delavallade

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Brian Wills “the tools I’ve used have been chosen to take the paintbrush out of the painting, out of my hand, I wanted to achieve the effects of the artists I admired, but do it my way”

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