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Bernard Williams
updated: 12/03/2008
 
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Buffalo Chart
Charting America
untitled
untitled
TOGO
untitled
untitled
NEO-COON
untitled
Fresh Meat
untitled
Chatanooga Collection
Scarface
untitled
untitled
 
Portfolio Keywords:  cartoon, urban, psychological, figurative, diagrammatic, collage, fantasy, humor, language, futuristic
 
 
Buffalo Chart by Bernard Williams
Buffalo Chart
wood, paper, found objects
2003-2008 (on going)
144" x  168" 
Charting America by Bernard Williams
Charting America
wood cut-outs, paper, cardboard, found objects
2002-2008 (on going)
192" x  240" 
untitled by Bernard Williams
untitled
acrylic on paper
2006
6" x  9" 
untitled by Bernard Williams
untitled
acrylic on paper
2006
6" x  9" 
TOGO by Bernard Williams
TOGO
acrylic on paper
2006
6" x  9" 
untitled by Bernard Williams
untitled
acrylic on paper
2006
6" x  9" 
untitled by Bernard Williams
untitled
acrylic on paper
2006
6" x  9" 
NEO-COON by Bernard Williams
NEO-COON
acrylic on paper
2006
6" x  9" 
untitled by Bernard Williams
untitled
acrylic on paper
2007
6" x  9" 
Fresh Meat by Bernard Williams
Fresh Meat
acrylic on paper
2007
9" x  12" 
untitled by Bernard Williams
untitled
acrylic on paper
2007
9" x  12" 
Chatanooga Collection by Bernard Williams
Chatanooga Collection
cut-out black paper pieces, collage, laid on white surface
2008 (on going collection)
19" x  24" 
Scarface by Bernard Williams
Scarface
acrylic on paper
2006
9" x  12" 
untitled by Bernard Williams
untitled
acrylic, tape, collage on paper
2006
9" x  12" 
untitled by Bernard Williams
untitled
acrylic on paper
2006
6" x  9" 

Artist Statement

This work grows from my interest in history, race and culture. As an African-American artist living in a section of Chicago populated largely by Black pepole, I have been compelled to give image to the psychology of my environment. At times the work spreads a broad net to speak symbolically about America as a complex society.

The works on paper are pure explorations,at times studies for larger paintings which often feature large heads. The heads have evolved to become symbols, at times self-portraiture, but always psychic. The lower body is absent or denoted as machine, costume, gear, covering, or some form of protection.

Cinema and television images are not far from my characters. A futuristic vision is developing here where the body, the mind, and space, even outer space, begin to fuse.

Artist Bio / CV

I am a painter and sculptor, living and working in Chicago and New York. My practice involves a wide range of materials and presentation strategies.

 

 MFA  Northwestern Univ. 1990

BFA, Univ. Of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, IL 1988

Professional Experience

2002-03 Instructor: Mural Painting, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

1990-98 Instructor: 2-D Drawing, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

1992-present, Muralist, Chicago Public Art Group

Selected Exhibitions, Publications

2008, group show, Remix, Museum of the American Indian, NY

2008, Publication, Sculpture Magazine, review

2008,solo show, Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis, IN

2007, solo show, Thomas Mccormick Gallery, Chicago, IL

2007, Publication, New American Painters, Midwest

2006,group show, Intersections, Kohler Art Center, WI

2005, solo show, New Sculpture, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago,IL

2005, solo show, sculpture and wall installation, Chapman Univ, Orange County, CA

Awards and Residencies

2007 Grant recipient,, Illinois Art Council

2007 Summer Residency, Cooper Union, NY

2006, Summer Residency, Painter's Edge, Idyllwild, CA

2006, Kohler art Center, Iron casting, WI

2004, (7month Residency) Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA

2001, Grant recipient, Artadia,  NY

1987, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture