William Mackrell (b 1983, London) lives and works in London. He received an MFA from Goldsmiths College in 2016 and BA in Painting, Chelsea College of Art and Design, 2005. Mackrell engages with performance and a direct physical approach to the surfaces of his two-dimensional works to suggest the inadequacy of language to the task of conveying intense sensation and intimate thought. Paintings created by the repeated touch of a pair of lips, covered with lipstick, presentations of prone bodies illuminated and affected by faulty neon lighting, photographed body parts abstracted and detailed through a painstaking process of scratching out the paper surface, for example, all convey a certain futility and frustration in the effort toward intimacy. A recipient of the Manchester Contemporary Fund in 2017 with the acquisition of his work into the Manchester Art Gallery collection, Mackrell has received several other distinctions in recent years, including a residency with Krinzinger Projekte, Vienna, 2017.
Recent solo exhibitions include Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna (2019), ARCO Madrid, The Ryder Projects (2018), Krinzinger Project Space (2017. Recent group exhibitions include Justin Art House Museum, Australia (2019) and Albright-Knox Museum, Buffalo (2017).