I was thirteen when my art career started. I had been endorsed to work alongside internationally renowned graffiti artists such as, Snub 23 and Fark FK, both of whom would become mentors to me. I painted murals at graffiti festivals, ‘Upfest’, ‘Wonderland Collective’ and ‘The Beautiful and The Canned’ around the country.
By sixteen I had the chance to experiment with other styles of work within a studio environment. I began to develop abstract work, combining different techniques, colour palettes and incorporating natural materials being strongly influenced by the natural world.
I had my first solo exhibition simply named ‘Will Solomon Debut’ when I was seventeen years of age in Chase House, Richmond. This exhibition was a showcase of a wide range of mixed media works. I began to establish a following from a range of rappers, actors, designers, television personalities and private clients all the way to a foreign royal family. I continued with this style of work exhibiting in a range of private galleries, Linda Bird Ltd in Barnes and C. John Gallery in Mayfair as well as independent spaces. An entire room of work was procured and featured in ‘Swakeleys House’, the 17th century Lord Mayors Palace and displayed in the Forbes listed restaurant ‘The Dysart’, Petersham.
I struggled with Asperger’s syndrome which can be isolating, I found this style of work really helped me to express the way that I was feeling. In turn, I wanted to use this to help me relate and connect with more people. This lead me to create and launch a luxury wearable art collection at Harvey Nichols in 2017, alongside a new series of paintings. I had fashion and art lovers, professionals, rappers, TV personalities, wealthy and urban crowds all mixing together. This energy created was something that I will never forget.
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