William Binnie

Artist Biography

William Binnie (Dallas, TX,1985) has an MFA from SMU Meadows School of the Arts and an Art History degree from the University of Bristol. He’s had shows at Paul Loya Gallery, LA; The Public Trust, Dallas; Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle; University of Texas, Dallas. As well as being awarded the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Artist Residency, Arts Fellowship from SMU, Doolin Family Research Grant and Faculty Award Research Grant at Pitzer Collage.


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Artist Statement

William Binnie’s work confronts the American mythos—the imagery enshrouding a land with a complex and often dark and troubling past and present, cloaked in a smokescreen of stoic heroism—as well as larger concerns surrounding notions of power, nationalism, bigotry, war, land, death, and the visual markers connected to each. Distilling a pictorial language from a range of sources–film, photography, politics, history, quotidian life–the artist cannibalizes various techniques and styles, most often in the realm of painting, in order to examine these topics and the social constructs that underpin them. This approach allows the artist to prod the complicated and often paradoxical nature of these issues, allowing space for connections between a range of imagery compiled by the artist over many years. His work straddles a quiet bleakness and subtle humanism, rendering a fraught balance between hope and despair, doubt and belief.


William Binnie

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Biczel, Dorota, “False Flags,” Art Papers, July/August 2016
Simblist, Noah, “False Flags,” Terremoto, June 2016
Vikram, Anuradha, “Flame as Flag,” Daily Serving, February 2015
Albrecht, Lauren, “William Binnie,” Art Nerd Los Angeles, February 2015
Shaw, Michael, “Features,” Visual Art Source, February 2015
Chassepot, Beatrice, “Emerging Selection,” be-Art Magazine, February 2015
Graves, Jen, “This Meat,” The Stranger, March 2013
Manitach, Amanda, “(F)art Jokes and Courtesans,” City Arts, February 2013
Tocci, Piera, “William Binnie,” Lost at E Minor, September 2012
Knudson, Rainey,“Highlights from Art Los Angeles Contemporary,” Glasstire, 2012