Bill Viola


A conceptual video work by acclaimed artist, Bill Viola is currently on display at The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney. Entitled The Tristan Project: Fall into Paradise, the work was created in response to the Celtic tale of Tristan and Isolde. Viola created four hours of video footage to accompany an operatic production of the legend that was directed by Peter Sellars. From 2004-2005 it was performed at institutions including the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles and Opera Bastille, Paris. Incorporating the use of water, many of the scenes involved underwater filming techniques.

Viola lives and works in Long Beach, California. He studied at Syracuse University, New York where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in experimental studios. His work has been exhibited widely on an international scale at institutions including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Wien Modern, Vienna and the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo. He has received numerous awards for his art practice including a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, and a Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters, as awarded by the French Government.