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KENT WILLIAMS

  
  
  
  

KENT WILLIAMS

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 ...

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... 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

EDUCATION

The Pratt Institute, New York

Available Work


Kent Willams, Incognito
Incognito
oil on canvas, 48 x 48inquiry
Kent Willams, Arms Resting
Arms Resting
mixed Media on Paper, 21 x 16inquiry
Kent Willams, Darcy with Bones
Darcy with Bones
oil on clayboard, 24 x 18inquiry
Kent Willams, Romantique
Romantique
oil on canvas, 48 x 48inquiry
Kent Willams, Cool With Red
Cool With Red
Oil on Clayboard, 24 x 18inquiry
Kent Willams, Form
Form
mixed media on paper, 20 x 14inquiry
Kent Willams, Kaonashi
Kaonashi
mixed media on paper, 17 x 14inquiry
Kent Willams, Laetitia
Laetitia
oil on canvas, 20 x 20inquiry
Kent Willams, Study Of Natalia Standing
Study of Natalia Standing
ink on paper, 17 x 12inquiry
Kent Williams, Blue Point
Blue Point, 2016
mixed media on paper 22 x 17 inquiry
Kent Williams, Crossed
Crossed, 2016
mixed media on paper 22 x 17 inquiry
Kent Williams, Then
Then, 2016
mixed media on paper 22 x 17 inquiry
Kent Willams, The Reveal, triptych
The Reveal, triptych
mixed media on paper, 17 x 42inquiry
Kent Willams, Tie Dye
Tie Dye
oil on linen, 24 x 20inquiry
Kent Willams, Tomorrow
Tomorrow
oil on linen, 48 x 48inquiry
Kent Willams, The Mayan
TheMayan
oil on linen, 28 x 22inquiry
Kent Willams, Ayako with Arm Raised
Ayako with Arm Raised
pencil and gouache on paper, 17 x 14inquiry
Kent Williams, Saiho ji Kyoto (no. 2/3)
Saiho-ji: Kyoto, 2016, (no. 2/3)
archival pigment print with mixed media, each uniquely hand-embellished, edition of three, 20 x 26.5 inquiry
Kent Williams, The King
The King in Yellow, 2016
archival pigment print with mixed media, each uniquely hand-embellished, edition of three, 20 x 30 inquiry

Archive: Sold


Kent Willams, Ukio
Ukio
oil on canvas, 54 x 50
Kent Willams, Ukio, study
Ukio, study
mixed media on paper, 18 x 24
Kent Willams, Devons Back
Devons Back
oil on canvas, 50 x 60
Kent Willams, Ultima Blonde Natalia
Ultima Blonde Natalia
oil on canvas, 29 x 27
Kent Willams, Topsy Turvy
Topsy Turvy
mixed media on paper, 21 x 19
Kent Willams, Headdress
Headdress
mixed media on paper, 18 x 17
Kent Willams, In Profile, study
In Profile, study
mixed media on paper, 23 x 19
Kent Willams, Upright
Upright
mixed media on paper, 17 x 14
Kent Willams, Asilomar
Asilomar
oil on canvasr, 65 x 82
Kent Willams, Tilt
Tilt
mixed media on paper, 17 x 14
Kent Willams, Soldier of Peace
Soldier of Peace
oil on canvasr, 24 x 24
Kent Willams, Planetary Dress, study
Planetary Dress, study
mixed media on paper, 18 x 18
Kent Willams, Planetary Dress
Planetary Dress
oil on canvasr, 20 x 16
Kent Willams, Osseous Matter
Osseous Matter
oil on canvasr, 28 x 24
Kent Willams, Osseous Matter, 1
Osseous Matter, 1
mixed media on paper, 19 x 16
Kent Willams, Osseous Matter, 2
Osseous Matter, 2
mixed media on paper, 21 x 18
Kent Willams, Osseous Matter, 3
Osseous Matter, 3
mixed media on paper, 16 x 21
Kent Willams, Onezee with Unicorn Hat
Onezee with Unicorn Hat
mixed media on paper, 24 x 18
Kent Willams, Repose with Blue and Rose
Repose with Blue and Rose
mixed media on paper, 18 x 24
Kent Willams, Convergence: Yumi
Convergence: Yumi
oil on canvas, 60 x 60
Kent Willams, Nude Sitting
Nude Sitting
mixed media on paper, 22 x 17
Kent Willams, New Year
New Year
mixed media on paper, 24 x 18
Kent Willams, Natalie Standing
Natalia Standing
oil on canvas, 20 x 16
Kent Willams, The Reveal, study 2
The Reveal, study 2
mixed media on paper, 14 x 17
Kent Willams, Lover(s)
Lover(s)
mixed media on paper, 17 x 22
Kent Willams, Lil'Bit Contemplative
Lil'Bit Contemplative
pencil, charcoal and gouache on paper, 17 x 20
Kent Willams, Sultry
Sultry
mixed media on paper, 15 x 21
Kent Willams, Sea Foam
Sea Foam
mixed media on paper, 18 x 24
Kent Willams, Floral with Pink
Floral with Pink
pencil, charcoal, gouache on paper, 24 x 18
Kent Willams, Blossomy
Blossomy
oil on canvas, 60 x 70
Kent Willams, Blond Natalia Again
Blond Natalia Again
oil on panel, 16 x 16
Kent Willams, Blonde Natalia Paint Can
Blonde Natalia, Paint Can and Orange Electric Cord
oil on canvas, 14 x 14
Kent Willams, Crawl
Crawl
mixed media on paper, 14 x 17
Kent Willams, Lord of The Flies, 2
Lord of The Flies, 2
mixed media on paper, 17 x 14
Kent Willams, Lord of The Flies, 4
Lord of The Flies, 4
mixed media on paper, 17 x 14
Kent Willams, Lord of The Flies, 6
Lord of The Flies, 6
mixed media on paper, 17 x 14
Kent Willams, Lord of The Flies, 7
Lord of The Flies, 7
mixed media on paper, 17 x 14
Kent Willams, Erotica
Erotica
mixed media on paper, 30 x 44
Kent Willams, 1962, study
1962, study
mixed media on paper, 24 x 18
Kent Willams, Quilt Wrap
Quilt Wrap
mixed media on paper, 24 x 18
Kent Willams, Disposition
Disposition
oil on canvas, 48 x 34
Kent Willams, Warm with Red
Warm with Red
mixed media on paper, 17 x 14
Kent Willams, Alternate Figure Study Blue Rose, 1
Alternate Figure study Blue Rose, 1
pencil, charcoal, and gouache on paper, 14 x 17
Kent Willams, Alternate Figure Study Blue Rose, 2
Alternate Figure study Blue Rose, 2
pencil, charcoal, and gouache on paper, 17 x 14
Kent Willams, Girl with Glasses
Girl with Glasses
mixed media on paper, 20 x 17
Kent Willams, Portal
Portal
mixed media on paper, 20 x 18
View Installation
BONES WITH FLESH Installation 2015