(Image: Kent Williams, Chloe and Griffin, 2010, oil linen, 44 x 50 in.; © Kent Williams / Private Collection San Rafael, CA)
Kent Williams (b.1962)
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.
(Image: Kent Williams, Tie-Dye, 2010, oil on linen, 24 x 20 in.; © Kent Williams)
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. 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.
William's latest work can be seen in his upcoming solo exhibition at Merry Karnowsky Gallery this May.
Education: Graduated from The Pratt Institute, New York.