The Pratt Institute graduate has had parallel career tracks to his work in comics. He's presently a faculty member of the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. Aan award-winning illustrator for magazines and books, Williams is also a painter. "All three worlds were very separate back then," Williams told CBR News. "There's so much more crossover now. I still love the graphic novel medium, and work in print in general. I love the printed page."
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Allen Spiegel released a retrospective book of Williams' work earlier this year. When asked why it was time to release "Amalgam: Paintings and Drawings, 1992-2007", Williams laughed, "I'm not getting any younger. Really though, I've been wanting this book for more than a few years now. It just takes a lot to pull that much work together and get it all organized. I've not had a book of this nature really. And so much of this work had not been seen (in print), just small groupings here and there for the most part."
The Merry Karnowsky Gallery in Los Angeles represents Williams, and is presenting a new show running Saturday, September 8 through October 6. "In Animate: New Paintings" is an eclectic look at Williams' most recent work. The title is a play on the word "inanimate," Williams explained. "By separating the first part of the word. it changed the meaning from not alive to 'in' expressing movement or towards and 'animate' having life--thus: towards life or in life.
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One of the features of the In Animate show will be a number of portraits and self-portraits, a subject that seems almost contrary to Williams' expressionistic style, which Williams admits that in a traditional sense is true. "I don't really think my paintings work as portraits," he said. "And certainly, for the most part, that's not my goal. I'm less interested in capturing exact likenesses and more driven to explore some emotive aspect of the sitter, whether it's a full representation of their personality, a splinter from the whole, or maybe even an attitude of mind I impose upon them -- which I suppose could move the painting into more of a fictional account of the subject, which certainly is not portraiture."
In Animate runs from September 8 through October 6 at the Merry Karnowsky Gallery in Los Angeles.
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