Artist Rooms

Bill Viola

Video works inspired by fundamental human experiences such as birth, death and aspects of consciousness.

Bill Viola, Four Hands (2001) © Bill Viola

Bill Viola, Four Hands (2001)

Viola has a deep interest in mystical traditions – especially Zen Buddhism, Christian mysticism and Islamic Sufism – evident in the transcendental quality of his work. His videos often have a painterly quality, drawing on Western medieval and renaissance devotional art in their aesthetic.

An ongoing theme is dualism – the idea that you can't understand what you're looking at unless you know its opposite. As such Viola likes to explore contrasting themes, such as life and death, light and dark, stressed and calm, loud and quiet.

Venue details

The Wilson Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum, Clarence Street, Cheltenham Gloucestershire GL50 3JT 01242 237431

Entry details

Free entry to all
50% off exhibitions with National Art Pass

Daily, 9.30am – 5.15pm

Closed 25 – 26 Dec, 1 Jan and 27 Mar