Kent Williams has built up a formidable reputation as a powerful contemporary 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 straightforward 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 ...
... He is a consummate draftsman and painter, and he has realized his work through various other artistic channels such as that of the illustrated word and the graphic novel including, The Fountain (with film-maker Darren Aronofsky), printmaking, photography, design, architecture, and film.
Williams’ work has been the subject of multiple 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, David Arquette, Darren Aronofsky, Alex O’Loughlin, and Meg White.
Kent Williams was born in New Bern, NC, and lives and works in California. He teaches contemporary figurative painting in Pasadena, CA, and is Mentor Faculty at Laguna College of Art and Design, Laguna Beach, CA, as part of the MFA program.
SELECTED AWARDS AND HONORS
Kent Williams — Via Lactea: His Drawings and Paintings of the Artist Soey Milk, hardcover, essay by Ryan Ebelt, ASFA, Pacific Grove, CA, 2016
Kent WIlliams: Ophthalm, hardcover, text by Alex Ross, 3A Publishing, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2013
Goya LP View Series: Kent Williams, no. 1, softcover, 3A Publishing, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2013
Kent Williams: World Famous Contemporary Painter Series, softcover, Tianjin Yangliuqing Fine Arts Press, Tianjin, China, 2012
Kent Williams: Eklektikos, hardcover, text by Peter Frank and Alex Ross, ASFA, Pacific Grove, CA, 2011
Kent Williams, Amalgam: Paintings and Drawings, 1992 – 2007, hardcover, text by Edward Lucie-Smith and Julia Morton, ASFA, Pacific Grove, CA, 2007
Sparrow: Kent Williams, no. 3, hardcover, IDW Publishing, San Diego, CA, 2007
The Fountain, graphic novel w/Darren Aronofsky, softcover, DC/Vertigo, New York, NY, 2006
Koan: Paintings by Jon J Muth and Kent Williams, hardcover, introduction by Jose Villarrubia, ASFA, Pacific Grove, CA, 2001
Kent Williams: Drawings and Monotypes, hardcover/softcover, introduction by John Ney Rieber, Tundra Publishing, Northampton, MA, 1991
Blood: A Tale, graphic novel w/J.M. DeMatteis, softcover, Marvel/Epic, New York, NY, 1988
Yellow Kid; Lucca, Italy's prestigious comics award
Fellowship at the Sundance Filmmakers Lab in Sundance, UT, 2001
The Pratt Institute, New York