Wigan's World Exhibition
Mark Wigan Williams is a prolific artist, writer and educator, renowned across the globe for his work in a broad range of media. His ‘Wigan’ nickname was derived from regular visits to The Wigan Casino Soul Club in the1970s and early 1980s and his allegiance to the Northern Soul Scene. His drawings and paintings have chronicled and celebrated international underground club cultures. To coincide with the release of the film Soulboy set in the Northern Soul scene of the 70’s at the Showroom Cinema on Friday 3 September, the Workstation is exhibiting a selection of Wigan’s works.
Wigan first gained attention in the early 1980s with his nightclub illustrations for i-D Magazine and the NME, going on to paint murals at the Limelight clubs in London and New York at Andy Warhol’s suggestion, no less. Many of his most ambitious projects have taken place in Japan, including the launch of his own art to wear merchandise shops, murals for nightclubs and city expos, animation for TV commercials and set designs for Japanese TV shows. His work has been exhibited across the globe, from the ICA London, to the Circulo des Bellas Artes in Madrid and the Spiral Gallery, Tokyo.
More recently Mark Wigan has been lecturing, leading degree courses in Graphic Design and Illustration at Salford University and Camberwell College of Arts in London. He currently lectures at Hull School of Art and Design and has written five books on contemporary graphic art and illustration published by AVA Publishing which have become key texts on the subject. His most recent project is the directing and co-curating of the worlds first Museum of Club Culture in Hull’s new creative and cultural quarter, The Fruitmarket.
For the Wigan’s World Exhibition at the Workstation he will be exhibiting prints, paintings, drawings, animation and film inspired by worldwide night club culture.
“If a picture paints a thousand words, Wigan’s drawings are worth an entire library of professorial works on pop culture.”
Alix Sharkey, The Independent.
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