Bill Porter

Bill Porter (born UK, 1985) currently lives and works in London, UK.

He received a BA from Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London (London, UK) in 2006 and an MA from the Royal College of Art (London, UK) in 2008.

Porter’s films have screened at animation festivals globally, including the Annecy International Animation Film Festival (Annecy, France) in 2011, the Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation (Chicago, USA) in 2011, International Festival of Animated Images Animadrid (Madrid, Spain) in 2009, and Anima Mundi 2009, 17th International Animation Festival of Brazil (Belo Horizonte, Brazil) in 2009.

Porter has had a solo exhibition at the Old Sweet Shop (London, UK) in 2008.

He has been included in group exhibitions at the Dreamspace Gallery (London, UK) in 2011, The City Arts & Music Project (the CAMP) (London, UK) in 2010 and The Jago Gallery (London, UK) in 2009.

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“Two fighters face one another in the ring, surrounded by spectators in masquerade. The bell sounds and the fighters jump into action. The spectators become more and more frenzied as the blows get harder and the fighters less guarded. Finally they peak and, exhausted, slump into one another—a moment of peace.

This film is purely superficial, and depicts 'the clinch' moment of a boxing match as a moment of peace. I chose this sport as the subject as it's sometimes seen as violent and receives mixed opinions, despite it's ability to promote confidence and discipline in young people in places where it's needed. The film was animated by hand with paper and inks.”