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Kent Williams

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Kent

Birth year
1962

Lives in
Los Angeles

Website

Statement

Kent Williams has built up a formidable reputation as a powerful contemporary figurative painter. His is a bold realism with combined attributes of abstraction and neo-expressionistic sensibilities. His work is characterized by strong gestural forms combined with areas of arresting detail, rendered with rich dynamic brushwork.

Williams’ approach to his subjects is often subjective and intense. Whether through multi-figured compositional complexity and suggestive narrative, or with the straight-forward lone human form, there is often autobiographical narrative at play. Favorite models, friends, and the artist himself all play a role in the human story of his paintings.

Williams’ work has been the subject of a number of solo exhibitions, including shows in New York City, Berlin, Germany, Santa Fe, NM, San Francisco, CA, Sundance, UT, The Duke Museum of Art, Durham, NC, and in Los Angeles, CA, where he is represented by Merry Karnowsky Gallery. His painting, TRACE DOUBLE-PORTRAIT, was exhibited at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC as part of THE OUTWIN BOOCHEVER 2006 PORTRAIT EXHIBITION. His work is collected both in the US and abroad, and is included in the collections of Robin Williams, Courteney Cox and David Arquette, Darren Aronofsky, Alex O’Loughlin, and Meg White.

CV

Solo Exhibitions

Evoke Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM, “Kent Williams: Eklektikos”, 2010
Merry Karnowsky Gallery, Berlin, Germany, “Kent Williams at Merry Karnowsky Gallery Berlin”, 2008
Merry Karnowsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, “Swim in the Deep Water”, 2008
Merry Karnowsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, “In Animate”, 2007
Merry Karnowsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, “Amalgam”, 2006
Merry Karnowsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, “Solus +”, 2005
Artspace, Raleigh, NC, “Solus”, 2005
Merry Karnowsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, “Works on Paper”, 2002
Gomez Gallery, Baltimore, MD, “No Bodies: Landscapes”, 2002
Upper Playground, San Francisco, CA, “Drawings, Paintings, Sculptures”, 2002
Merry Karnowsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, “Koan Paintings and Other Selected Works”, 2001
Sundance Institute, Sundance, Utah, Exhibition coinciding with the Sundance Film Festival, 2001
Merry Karnowsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, “Drawings and Paintings”, 1997
Marita Gilliam Gallery, Raleigh, NC, “Kent Williams”, 1997
Four Color Images Gallery, New York, NY, “Works Exhibition”, 1996
Durham Art Guild, Durham, NC, “Painting”, 1996
Gallery Americas, Carrboro, NC, “Drawings and Paintings”, 1995

Two/Three Person Exhibitions

Evoke Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM, “Kent Williams and Javier Marin”, 2009
Merry Karnowsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, “Recent Works by Kent Williams and Justin Wood”, 2004
Duke University Museum of Art, Duke University, Durham, NC, “Critic’s Choice: Julia Morton” with artists Andrea Lekberg and Michael Salter, 2000
Gomez Gallery, Baltimore, MD, “Koan” with artist Jon J Muth, 2000
Merry Karnowsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, with artists Dean Karr and Dave McKean, 1998
Gomez Gallery, Baltimore, MD, with artists Connie Imboden and Dave McKean, 1997
Marita Gilliam Gallery, Raleigh, NC, with artists Olga Antonova and Jennine Hough, 1996
Northern Arizona University Art Museum and Galleries, Flagstaff, AZ, with artist Greg Spalenka, 1989
Jack Meier Gallery, Houston, TX, “Romantic” with artists Jon J Muth and George Pratt, 1987

Group Exhibitions

Wonder Bread Factory, San Diego, CA, “Survey Select: Narrative Art Exhibition”, 1010
Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery, Bristol, UK, “Art of the New World”, 2010
Evoke Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM, “Re-Presenting the Nude”, 2010
Museo de la Ciudad de México, Mexico City, “Draw: Mexico City”, 2010
101/Exhibit, Miami, FL, “101/Exhibit Group Show”, 2010
Avenue 50 Studio, Highland Park, CA, “Hybrid Project”, 2010
Merry Karnowsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, “The Human Eclectic: An Exhibition Curated by Kent Williams”, 2009
Galerie Van Campen & Rochtus, Antwerp, Belgium, “Model”, 2009
Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles, CA, “Kokoeshi: From Folk Art to Art Toy”, 2009
Evoke Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM, “Grand Opening Exhibition”, 2009
Galerie Van Campen & Rochtus, Antwerp, Belgium, “Summerexposition”, 2009
LA Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA, “All Apologies”, 2008
Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA, “In the Land of Retinal Delights: The Juxtapoz Factor”, 2008
Merry Karnowsky Gallery, Berlin, Germany, “Hard Left: The Inaugural Exhibition of the Merry Karnowsky Gallery, Berlin”, 2008
Merry Karnowsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, “Decade: Merry Karnowsky Gallery 10th Year Anniversary Exhibition”, 2007
Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC, “Outwin Boochever Portrait Painting and Sculpture Exhibition”, 2006 – 2007
Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR, “The Collectors Show”, 2006
Scion Dashboard, San Francisco, CA, “Beyond Representation”, 2006
Forum Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, “Modern and Contemporary Works on Paper”, 2005
Merry Karnowsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, “Six Forms of Love and Despair”, 1999
Merry Karnowsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, End of year group show, 1997
Todd Kaplan Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, “Forbidden Fruits and Unholy Lust”, 1997
Duke University Museum of Art, Duke University, Durham, NC, “New Art in the Triangle”, 1995
San Jose State University, San Jose, CA, “The Art of Politics”, 1993
Bess Cutler Gallery, New York, NY, “Declaration of Independents”, 1993
Northern Arizona University Art Museum and Galleries, Flagstaff, AZ, “1991 Inaugural Year Exhibitions”, 1991
University Art Gallery / Museum, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL , “Fax-simile: An Invitational”, 1990

Art Fairs

ARTery Miami Art Fair, Miami, FL, 2009
Lineart Art Fair, Galerie Van Campen & Rochtus, Ghent, Belgium, 2009
Open Art Fair, Galerie Van Campen & Rochtus, Utrecht, Netherlands, 2009
Takeaway Art Gallery, Brussels, Belgium, “A Certain Amount of Uncertainties”, 2009
Scope New York Art Fair, Merry Karnowsky Gallery, New York, NY, 2006

Recent Exhibits

Kent Williams participated in these exhibits:

Oct, 2013 Ophthalm: new drawings + paintings
EVOKE Contemporary
 
Sep, 2012 The Contemporary Figure: Past Presence
Lancaster Museum of Art and History
 
Jul, 2012 PRINTWORKS PAST AND PRESENT
Merry Karnowsky Gallery
 
Jul, 2012 Re-presenting the Nude II
EVOKE Contemporary
 
Apr, 2012 Veneris XIII
Skotia Gallery
 
Mar, 2012 INTERLOPERS | works on paper
EVOKE Contemporary
 
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