Born in 1972, Colin Willey's work is about light and its effects. He is excited by the way objects are transformed by light and how the light constantly changes from moment to moment. His aim is to capture these 'moments' in the permanent record of paint. Colin works spontaneously producing responses to the subject that are fresh and lively and filled with light and atmosphere.
"Working outside in all weathers and at all times of the year I have built up an understanding of the way the landscape changes. The structure of the place can be relatively constant yet light, seasons and weather can have a dramatic effect on how they look."
Colin graduated from Cheltenham College of Art with a Fine Art degree in 1995. Having completed a PGCE in Art and Design he moved to Dorchester and started painting professionally. Colin regularly exhibits at the Royal College of Art in London and other galleries throughout the UK. In 1997 and 2001 Colin was among the finalists in the Windsor and Newton Young Artists Competition held at the Mall Galleries, London. He has also exhibited at the Mall Galleries in the Laing Landscape Exhibition, the Royal Society of Marine Artists (RSMA) Exhibition and the New English Art Club (NEAC) Exhibition. Colin has written articles for 'The Artist' magazine and is also included in the 'Art Class' book, published by Harper Collins, with a chapter about his work. Following our successful submission to the House of Lords Works of Art Committee, Colin's work was chosen in December 2011 for acquisition by the House's permanent collection.