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Kent Williams

 (20/21st century)
Kent Robert Williams is active/lives in North Carolina, California.  Kent Williams is known for mixed-media abstract figure, illustrator, comic art.

Kent Williams

Biography from the Archives of askART

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.

Primarily a figurative painter but also an illustrator and comic-book artist, Williams does work which 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. His most recent book, Kent Williams, Amalgam: Paintings & Drawings, 1992-2007, is the most comprehensive collection of Williams' work to date.

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.

Williams has lived in Los Angeles and then Chapel Hill, North Carolina with his wife, Sherilyn and their two sons, Kerig and Ian.


Biography from Museum of Art and History (MOAH)
Kent Williams is a painter of bold realism and also and illustrator who combines abstraction and neo-expressionism.  His work is characterized by strong gestural forms with areas of detailed 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 lives in Los Angeles. He has two sons, Kerig Sun and Ian Kai.

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