Emrys Williams

Emrys Williams develops a personal world in paintings that combine imagery from different sources with the experience of a sense of place. His work explores the traditional genres of still life, interior and seascape but often uses juxtaposition and contrasts of scale to create a personal world. The images are from the mind rather than observation, suggesting the subjective nature of our experience and imagination. Images are derived from art history as well as locations on the North Wales coast and travels in France and Italy.
The work has a tension between imagery and the more abstract elements of shape, colour and treatment of surface, the process of making these paintings being a fine balance between intention and intuition. They are contemporary paintings that play with genres, reminiscent at different times of early Italian Primitive painting and the 20th Century British painting of Paul Nash, Alfred Wallis and Christopher Wood. At the same time their painterly language has been influenced by more recent artists such as Alex Katz and Peter Doig, exploring a painterly and often reductive approach to representation.
Works are made in watercolour, oils on panel and canvasses, with an exploration of intimate easel painting to large scale paintings in oil and wax on canvas.

Emrys Williams was born in Liverpool in 1958 and moved with his family to Colwyn Bay on the North Wales coast in 1969. He studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, London (1976-1980).
He has has exhibited widely in Britain and has shown in important group exhibitions including the 12th Liverpool John Moores Painting Exhibition (1982) where he was a prizewinner and the Serpentine Summer Show (1983). He has held three one man shows in London at the Benjamin Rhodes Gallery and has had major public touring shows including "Sunny Spells" (1995) organised by Oriel Mostyn/Berwick Gymnasium Gallery, touring to MAC Birmingham, the Glynn Vivian Swansea and Turner House Penarth, "Various Fictions" (1998) Collins Gallery, Glasgow and"Emrys Williams - Recent Paintings" (2003) Oriel Davies, Newtown.
He has also worked with opera as artist in residence at the Welsh National Opera and film projects such As "Sunny Spells A Game for Optimists" with Director Paul Islwyn Thomas.
His work is in many public collections such as the Arts Council of England, the Government Art Collection, the National Museum of Wales and the Metropolitan Museum , New York.
He has won many prizes in Wales including the Gold Medal for Fine Art at the National Eisteddfod of Wales (2007), The University of Glamorgan Purchase Prize (2006) and the Welsh Artist of the Year Painting Prize at St Davidís Hall (2007)

Zebra,Mondrian and flowers 2014
Oil on linen
29 x 29 cm

Slipstream 2008 to 2012
Oil on linen
77 x 102 cm

Red flowers and model church 2013 to 2014
Oil on linen
30 x30 cm

Red flower and red boat 2014
Oil on linen
50 x 60cm

Yacht gliding on a lake 2012
Oil on panel
30 x 23 cm

Zebra boogie woogie 2013
Oil on linen
40 x 30 cm

Midsummer epiphany 2014
Oil on linen
50 x 70 cm

Flowers and Boat
Oil on linen 2014
30 x 40 cm

Promenade 2012
Oil on panel
23 x 30 cm

Zen Zebra Kettle's Yard 2013
Oil on linen
100 x 100 cm


Oil on linen 2016
26 x 31cm

Green Hat

Oil on linen 2016
20 x 20cm


Oil on linen 2017
31 x 40cm

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