As the seasons change and winter takes hold, so too does our artist spotlight in Oakview Restaurant, this time shining a light on Year 13 student William Parsons. It seems fitting that the very British preoccupation of weather, takes centre stage ahead of the elections on the last day of the Autumn Term. The climate is an issue that all parties need to take notice of, Will believes. The work on display examines melting ice and the effects of light on both solid and liquid forms.
Initially Will’s work focused on his travels, taking inspiration from the landscapes he has seen and passed through. However, more recently he wanted to draw attention to the climate, as it changes around the world.
Large scale abstract canvases are reminiscent of ice crevasses or light filled caverns, but as the colours melt and blend into one another, could this reflect our changing planet? Will’s inspiration is broad and far reaching, from Mark Rothko to a recent exhibition by Olafur Ellison at the Tate Modern.
Discussing the new display, Will recalled “It’s good to see my work out of the studio and it will hopefully engage the public. I wanted to communicate issues about the environment while sharing my love of painting. While the muted colours I use seem passive and calming, the underlying message is one of more serious concerns.” We hope as the winter months pass; the exhibition provides some food for thought, before students and staff alike sit down to lunch.