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James Williams
updated: 06/16/2008
website: www,artofjameswilliams.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Adam and Eve Evicted
Honeymoon-the Second Night
I Defend My Religious Convictions
I Will Hate You as I Do Now
A Judge or the Accused? 1
A Judge or the Accused? 2
Partnership?
Public Relations 1
President and Advisor
My Mother-in-law's Only Daughter
Who's Next 1
Why Am I Who I Am?
Winning Candidate 2
 
 
Portfolio Keywords:  psychological, figurative
 
 
Adam and Eve Evicted by James Williams
Adam and Eve Evicted
oil pastel
2007
21" x  15" 
Honeymoon-the Second Night by James Williams
Honeymoon-the Second Night
pastel
2007
18" x  12" 
I Defend My Religious Convictions by James Williams
I Defend My Religious Convictions
oil pastel
2008
18" x  12" 
I Will Hate You as I Do Now by James Williams
I Will Hate You as I Do Now
colored pencil
2007
21" x  14" 
A Judge or the Accused? 1 by James Williams
A Judge or the Accused? 1
pastel
2007
13" x  11" 
A Judge or the Accused? 2 by James Williams
A Judge or the Accused? 2
pastel
2007
27" x  19" 
Partnership? by James Williams
Partnership?
oil pastel
2008
20" x  26" 
Public Relations 1 by James Williams
Public Relations 1
oil pastel
2008
18" x  24" 
President and Advisor by James Williams
President and Advisor
oil pastel
2007
16" x  20" 
My Mother-in-law's Only Daughter by James Williams
My Mother-in-law's Only Daughter
colored pencil
2007
16" x  12" 
Who's Next 1 by James Williams
Who's Next 1
oil pastel
2007
18" x  12" 
Why Am I Who I Am? by James Williams
Why Am I Who I Am?
pastel
2007
20" x  16" 
Winning Candidate 2 by James Williams
Winning Candidate 2
colored pencil
2007
14" x  17" 

Artist Statement

      I depict my perceptions of people and the effects of the world on them – and on me – through images in pastel, oil pastel, pen and ink, or colored pencil, etc.  In a sense, my works are mirrors, once removed. Many of my works deal with the effects of power, especially on those who wield it.

    Almost thirty years ago, someone gave me a set of pastels and I experimented briefly with them.  At the time, I was more interested in pure drawing, so I continued with graphite and charcoal.  My drawings back then were realistic in the usual sense.  Gradually I discovered that I could also use inanimate objects and animals, even the ‘impersonal’ forces of nature, to depict human emotions.  As my scope increased, I began to use color, in the form of inks and colored pencil.  More and more I created animal forms to represent human beings in various situations, progressively realizing the power of human facial expressions to convey an endless variety of feelings and psychological states.  I began to perceive the presence of people in forms that were reminiscent of animals, birds or insects.  I returned to working in pastels about nine years ago because of their dense, brilliant colors, which I felt most clearly elicited the strength of the experiences I had determined to capture on paper.

    When I start a painting, I generally begin with the impression of a person, emotion or event, whether internal or external, remembered or actually present.  In the process of evoking the nascent image and putting it down on paper, a metamorphosis from photographic reality to shapes dictated by my intuition occurs.  The choice of color follows, borne on the same transformative currents, fueled by the weight of the emotions evoked, the intensity of perception.  Drama unfolds in the high voltage generated by near-complementary colors juxtaposed, as well as by lights and darks.   

 

Artist Bio / CV

   James Williams has exhibited in numerous solo and group shows during the past years. His art is in corporate and private collections in the United States, Mexico and France. 
 

Williams works primarily in pastels, and also in pen & ink, and colored pencil.  Born in Baltimore, he showed early interests in drawing and in science, particularly chemistry, which like painting finds meanings in colors and color changes, and is a means of peering beneath the surface to discover and describe an interior reality or constitution.  He received a Ph. D. in Chemistry from Princeton University; then worked in labs in the U. S. and in England, including a year working with the soon-to-be Nobel Prize Laureate in Chemistry, Prof. Roald Hoffmann.

Williams generally perceives humans in forms reminiscent of animal, bird or insect bodies, as dictated by his intuition of the reality of each particular person he observes.  In this way, he depicts what cannot be seen, but is present. Williams is truly an “Alchemical Artist.” His Williams' foremost goal is fidelity to his vision: "I want to paint what I perceive accurately.  At least that."

 

recent exhibitions

 

 

Current & Upcoming

Crocker’s Mark Art Gallery

Raleigh, NC

Solo Show

June-July 2008

 

Red Clover Gallery

Landrum, SC

Solo show

September, 2008

 

National Humanities Center

Research Triangle Park, NC

Solo Show

August-November 2008

 

Solo Shows

“Sweet Smell of Power”

Visual Art Studio

Solo Show

Richmond, VA

June-August, 2007

 

“Signs of Life”

Curator:  A. Shaffer

Pluto Gallery

Solo Show

Greensboro, NC

February – March 2006

 

North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers-- Visual Art Exchange, Raleigh, NC

Solo Show

November — December 2006