Marcus WILLS (1972-)
University of Ballarat, Horsham Campus
Born at Kaniva, Marcus Wills studied for an Advanced Certificate of Art and Design between 1989 and 1901 at the Wimmera Community College of TAFE (now the University of Ballarat's Horsham Campus). He later studied at the Victorian College of the Arts where he completed a Bachelor of Fine Art (Painting) 1995.Marcus Wills won the 1999 Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship / residency Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris, and was the inaugural winner of The Brett Whiteley Fellowship in 2000. The 2006 Archibald Prize for Portraiture was awarded to Marcus Wills with his work The Paul Juraszek Monolith after Marcus Gheeraerts. The annual Archibald Prize is one of Australia's oldest and best-known visual arts awards. In the same year he won the inaugural Peter Brock Art Award.
Upon the announcement of the 2006 Archibald Prize Professor Peter Matthews, Head of the Arts Academy said Marcus' potential as an artist was obvious during his time as a student with the University and UB had a number of his works in its collection. 'Marcus regards his time with the University as being extremely valuable to his development and he calls periodically to catch up with us', Professor Matthews said.
The work of Marcus Wills is represented in the Gold Coast Art Gallery, University of Ballarat Art Collection and numerous private collections.This biography prepared by Clare Gervasoni, 2007, updated June 2008 and January 2010.
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