Balthazaar III, oil on canvas, 24” x 20”
William Foyle’s solo exhibition at Gallery 8, St James’s which opens today.
In a city saturated with visual artists, it is rare that an emerging painter should be anticipated so much. 1/3 of the William’s work chosen for this exhibition has sold already – an incredible feat for a 19 year old artist who has barely exhibited before.
William Foyle’s solo show will feature over 35 watercolours, mixed media works and oil paintings, exhibiting the extraordinary breadth of work already realised by this talented emerging artist. Intimate portraits of Mr Sim, Louis the dog, close friends and family will be shown.
William Foyle comes from a family of creative entrepreneurs: William (jnr) is the great grand-son of William Foyle, who founded the world renowned London bookshop in 1903. William Foyles daughter, Christina, created the first of her world famous Foyles Literary Lunches at the age of 19. William has inherited their vision for something unique and different, and as devoted artist from a young age, has already been recognised for his remarkable talent within some of the most prestigious circles of the art world (see below for further details)
“Never have I met any artist of his age – and he is certainly an artist – so utterly dedicated to his profession. Indeed to me it has been a real privilege to observe his endeavors.”
Sir Timothy Clifford, Director of National Galleries of Scotland (1984 – 2006)
“One of the delights in life is to discover young talent and watch its development. William has a commitment and obsession for painting which I am sure will bear ‘fruit’. This is an exhibition of work which is full of ambition and energy. I wish him success and look forward to watching his career with interest.”
Terry New, Head of Fine Art Royal Academy Schools (2001 – 2011), President of the Royal British Society of Sculptors
“There is quality and meaningfulness in these varied works by the young artist William Foyle who shows considerable talent and promise. Portrait heads executed in vigorous and vibrant impasto reveal an assurance with the materials and methods of painting that he is rapidly developing. This positive handling is shown also in some of the densely painted landscapes. Deep banks of brooding foliage, the very essence of greenness and abundant growth. Either of these subject directions could prove fruitful and significant for William as a future area to develop his work and consolidate a richly meaningful and personal style.”
Professor Maurice Cockrill, RA, Keeper of the Royal Academy of Arts 2004-2011