William Oxer is a British figurative artist painting in the romantic and classical style, who has been painting professionally for over 25 years, undertaking regular portrait commissions for private clients and producing artworks for art gallery exhibitions and collectors across the globe.
His primary work is in figurative art; portraiture, classical studies of figures and landscape painting, although commissioned work has included large scale abstracts. He paints mainly with acrylic or oil paints on canvas and his style can be immediately recognised as romantic and classical.
I have been painting professionally for over 25 years, undertaking regular portrait commissions for private clients and producing artworks for art-gallery exhibitions. I work mainly with acrylic paints on canvas.
My style can be immediately recognised as romantic and traditional, however it increasingly carries hidden meaning and complex allusions to mythology, philosophy, or classical and religious iconography. My paintings use subtle allusions, picking up on the notion of perfect love and playing on the word "passion", as in Troilus and Cressida, Romeo and Juliet or Dante’s Beatrice.
I currently live and work by the sea in Devon, with my Chocolate Labrador, Lolly.
Previous engagements include creating large-scale painted designs for interior projects in historic houses including Goodwood House, Buckingham Palace, Petworth House and Hatchlands Park - William Oxer.
"William Oxer is not merely a painter; he is a distinctive sensibility, with a poetic vision he explores in many media. His art is affirmative, evocative and forgiving... He states that the work 'offers us, in short, a return to the true and serious tradition" - Professor Roger Scruton
"William Oxer's paintings represent a strikingly fresh current in contemporary art. His work is experimental, and he is also willing to take on larger themes as well as demonstrating a delight in detail and minutiae. Very few contemporary artists paint so consistently well" - Dr David Morley, University of Warwick.