In a new exhibition, the fashion photographer (and fine artist) debuts his most exquisitely deceptive work.
William Selden began his career in front of the camera, modeling in the 1980s for Comme Des Garçons, John Galliano, Issey Miyake, and a myriad of others. This was where he first came into photography, shooting campaigns for a diversity of brands including Paul Smith, Prada, and Uniqlo. Selden’s work then developed into what is arguably its most acknowledged form; celebrity portraiture. Now, in his upcoming exhibit at New Art Projects, the Middlesex University-educated fine artist reveals the culmination of his multifaceted expertise—combining photography, still life, portraits, and painting in a series of enticing digital creations.
Selden’s technique begins with capturing images, which are then digitally manipulated to resemble the style of oil paintings. While the finished pieces have a delicate and effortless aura, they simultaneously encompass Selden’s aptitude for traditional artistic ideals and modern digital image construction, serving as archetypes of his varied ingenuity. This exhibit will run from November 7 to December 21, 2019 at New Art Projects in London, where Selden will appear in conversation with Gary Card on Saturday, December 14. A price list of works in the show can be found here.