Artists
Selected Works
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Hold Still, 2016. Oil on canvas, 27 x 29 inches.

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Bridge: Sunburn, 2014, Oil on canvas, 30 x 30 inches

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Heart of The Matter, 2014, Oil on canvas, 66 x 57 inches

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Plate Glass Window: Typhoon, 2014. Oil on linen, 24 x 24 in.

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The Garden Party, 2014. Oil on canvas, 35.75 x 35.75 in.

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Native Bone: Heart, 2014. Oil on canvas, 24 x 20 in. 

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In Sleep, 2013, Oil on linen, 58 x 58 inches

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Sea Foam,  2012-13, oil on canvas, 68 x 86 in

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Asilomar,  2012, oil on canvas, 65 x 82 in

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Convergence: Yumiko, 2011, Oil on linen, 60 x 60 inches

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New Spring, 2011, Oil on canvas, 48 x 60 inches

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Artist Bio

“For contemporary figurative painter Kent Williams, “the tactile qualities of the painted surface, the mark-making itself, plays as big a role in the resonance of a work” as its narrative aspects. And his bold compositions definitely convey some semblance of a story–albeit one that seems to come in from the side rather than straight on–conjuring the dream logic of reorganized time and requiring the viewer to “take part in the construction of the meaning.” Drawing is integral to Williams’s process, both as a means and as an end. “It’s through passion for drawing, or my struggle to interpret with honest effort, that my personal language is revealed,” he says.”

 

-Santa Fean magazine, June/July, 2014

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Kent Williams' work has been the subject of a number of solo exhibitions over the past ten years, including shows in New York City, San Francisco, CA, Sundance, UT, The Duke Museum of Art, Durham, NC, and in Los Angeles, CA, where he is represented by 101/EXHIBIT.

 

Primarily a figurative painter, Williams' work explores, in both bold and subtle ways, and often through a suggestion of narrative and woven symbolism, the thread of life that ties us together as human beings. Embracing our virtues while not shying away from our faults, he shows us portraits of ourselves, intense and penetrating.

 

A graduate of The Pratt Institute in New York, Williams, a consummate draftsman and painter, has realized his work through various other artistic channels as well; that of the illustrated word and the graphic novel (most recently, THE FOUNTAIN with filmmaker Darren Aronofsky), printmaking, photography, design, architecture, and film.

 

A selection of his works on paper, KENT WILLIAMS: DRAWINGS & MONOTYPES, was published in 1991, and KOAN: PAINTINGS BY JON J MUTH & KENT WILLIAMS, was published in 2001. KENT WILLIAMS, AMALGAM: PAINTINGS & DRAWINGS, 1992-2007 is the most comprehensive collection of Williams' work to date, with recent books EKLEKTIKOS (2011) and :OPTHALM (2013) covering his career up to today. Williams is the recipient of a number of awards for his work including The Yellow Kid; Lucca, Italy's prestigious comics award. In 2001 he was invited to be a fellow at the Sundance Filmmakers Lab in Sundance, UT.

 

Williams returned as a visiting instructor to The Pratt Institute, and has since gone on to teach at The California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA; East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, and The California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), Valencia, CA. He currently teaches contemporary figurative painting at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA.

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Blossomy (detail image), 2013, Oil on canvas, 60 x 70 inches

Featured Artist Exhibitions
July 22 - August 26 2017

Explorations of Audubon: The Paintings of Larry Rivers and Others

 

April 1 - May 12 2017

Saatchi Gallery

Duke of York's HQ,

King's Road,

London

September 15 - September 18 2016

19 Horsemill Lane
Bridgehampton NY
Booth 407

July 9 - July 12 2015

HOW HUMAN OF YOU

8920 MELROSE AVE

LOS ANGELES, CA

October 25 - December 20 2014
News
Kent Williams interview in Artweek
Kent Williams: Native Bone and Far to Home
November 5 - December 16, 2015
Kent Williams | Worchester Art Scene
Samurai!
Kent Williams | Widewalls | How Human of You
Widewalls covers Kent Williams' Show
Kent Williams | Juxtapoz
Kent Williams featured on BOUM!BANG!
January 14, 2014
Miami Project 2013
Booth 619
December 3 - 8, 2013
Selected Press
The Charlotte Observer

The Charlotte Observer covers Kent Williams' exhibition at Davidson College.

Widewalls

Widewalls covers Kent Williams' 2014 solo show How Human Are You at 101/EXHIBIT.

The Criterion Collection

Drawing Lord of the Flies

Artbook.com

Kent Williams: Eklektikos

Published by Allen Spiegel Fine Arts

Text by Peter Frank, Alex Ross.

Publication
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Via Lactea: His Drawings and Paintings of the Artist Soey Milk
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How Human of You
Location & Contact

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