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Kent Williams/ Kent Robert Williams

United States 1962

Painting, Drawing

www.kentwilliams.com

Kent Williams
Kent Robert Williams
Male
United States
1962
October 7, 2015
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Kent Robert Williams is an American contemporary figurative painter and graphic novel artist, born in 1962 in New Bern, North Carolina. He also works in printmaking, photography, design, architecture and film.
Represented by The Merry Karnowsky Gallery, the artist has participated in numerous individual and collective exhibitions. One of his first solo shows was held in 1995.

Books

Primarily a figurative painter, Williams also experimented with the graphic novel, printmaking, photography, design, architecture and film. In 1991, Kent Williams: Drawings & Monotypes, a collection of his works on paper was printed.
Ten years later, Koan: Paintings by Jon J Muth & Kent Williams came out of print.
However, the most comprehensive collection of his works is Kent Williams, Amalgam: Paintings & Drawings, 1992-2007, which also features the text by Edward Lucie-Smith and Julia Morton.
The rest of his work can be seen in two other books: Eklektikos, published in 2011, with text by Peter Frank and Alex Ross, and Kent Williams: Ophthalm from 2013.

kentwilliams - Blond Natalia in Studio Arrangement - 2010 / In Sleep - 2013 - page store edit
Kent Williams – Blond Natalia in Studio Arrangement – 2010 (left) / In Sleep – 2013 (right)

Paintings

His style can be described as bold realism, with some elements of abstraction and the sensitivity of neo-expressionism. Williams treats his subjects in a subjective and intense manner. The autobiographical narrative is often present in his paintings. Subtle narrative and symbolism serve to show what ties us together as humans, with all flaws and virtues. The artist attempts to present the portraits of ourselves, honest and powerful.

Oil Paintings by Kent Williams

kentwilliams - Asilomar - 2012 / Heart of The Matter - 2014 - data press
Kent Williams – Asilomar – 2012 (left) / Heart of The Matter – 2014 (right)

Comics

Williams regularly contributed to Marvel Comics’ Epic Illustrated from 1983 to 1985. In 1987, he worked together with writer J. M. DeMatteis on Blood: A Tale.
A year later, he collaborated with writers Walt and Louise Simonson, and artist Jon J Muth on Havok and Wolverine: Meltdown.
He also frequently worked as a cover artist for Vertigo’s Hellblazer. A graphic novel adaptation of The Fountain from the script by filmmaker Darren Aronofsky was illustrated by the artist in 2006.

Recent Work

kentwilliams - In Profile - 2015 / In Profile (detail) - 2015 - page store edit data press
Kent Williams – In Profile – 2015 / In Profile (detail) – 2015

Academic Background and Teaching

He went to the Pratt Institute in New York and completed his studies in 1984. Later on, he started working as a visiting instructor at the same institution. Apart from the Pratt Institute, the artist taught at The California College of the Arts in San Francisco, California; East Carolina University in Greenville, Nort Carolina and The California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California.
Now, he works at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California and teaches contemporary figurative painting, in addition to mentoring at the Laguna College of Art and Design.

Shows and Awards

The artist has exhibited his work in numerous individual and collective shows. Some of his solo exhibitions were held at Blanc Gallery, Manila, Philippines; Merry Karnowsky Gallery, LA; Daniel Maghen Galerie & Editions, Paris, France; Gomez Gallery, Baltimore, MD; and Merry Karnowsky Gallery, Berlin, Germany, to name a few.

One of his latest solo shows titled How Human of You was on view at 101/EXHIBIT West Hollywood space in October 2014.

He received many awards for his work. One of them is The Yellow Kid, Lucca, the Italian comics award.
Sundance Filmmakers Lab in Sundance, Utah invited him to be a fellow in 2001.

Exhibition at the Merry Karnowsky Gallery

K.Williams - Convergence solo show at Merry Karnowsky, Los Angeles, 2011
Kent Williams – Convergence solo show at Merry Karnowsky, Los Angeles, 2011

He works and lives in Los Angeles.

Portrait Photography Credits Sampsel Preston Photography
Images Courtesy © Kent Williams

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2015SamuraiWorcester Art Museum, Worchester, MAGroup
2014Etudes avant PeinturesSociete Danisco-Dupont, Paris, FranceSolo
2014How Human of You101Exhibit, Los Angeles, CASolo
2014Re-Presenting the Nude IIIEvoke Contemporary, Santa Fe, NMGroup
2013Ophthalm: New Drawings & paintingsEvoke Contemporary, Santa Fe, NMSolo
2013Flip Side: LCAD Faculty ExhibitionGallery 793, Laguna College of Art + Design, Laguna Beach, CAGroup
2012Afar: Paintings and Drawings from a Private CollectionBlanc Gallery, Manila, PhilippinesSolo
2012The Contemporary Figure: Past PresenceMOAH: Lancaster Museum of Art and History, Lancaster, CAGroup
2012Re-Presenting the Nude IIEvoke Contemporary, Santa Fe, NMGroup
2012Veneris XIIISkotia Gallery, Culver City, CAGroup
2012Hooker: Group Exhibition curated by Natalia FabiaCorey Helford Gallery, Culver City, CAGroup
2012Interlopers: Works on PaperEvoke Contemporary, Santa Fe, NMGroup
2011ConvergenceMerry Karnowsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CASolo
2011Exposition de Kent WilliamsDaniel Maghen Galerie & Editions, Paris, FranceSolo
2011Made in PolaroidPhillips de Pury, New York, NYGroup
2011Zero to SixtyCorey Helford Gallery, Culver City, CAGroup
2010EklektikosEvoke Contemporary, Santa Fe, NMSolo
2010Autumn LeavesGalerie Van Campen & Rochtus, Antwerp, BelgiumGroup
2010Art of the New WorldBristol City Museum and Art Gallery, Bristol, UKGroup
2010Re-Presenting the NudeEvoke Contemporary, Santa Fe, NMGroup
2010Draw: Mexico CityMuseo de la Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico CityGroup
2010101 Exhibit Group Show101 Exhibit, Miami, FLGroup
2010Hybrid ProjectAvenue 50 Studio, Highland Park, CAGroup
2010Survey Select: Narrative Art ExhibitionWonder Bread Factory, San Diego, CAGroup
2009Kent Williams and Javier MarinEvoke Contemporary, Santa Fe, NMGroup
2009The Human Eclectic: An Exhibition Curated by Kent WilliamsMerry Karnowsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2009ModelGalerie Van Campen & Rochtus, Antwerp, BelgiumGroup
2009Kokoeshi: From Folk Art to Art ToyJapanese American National Museum, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2009Grand Opening ExhibitionEvoke Contemporary, Santa Fe, NMGroup
2009SummerexpositionGalerie Van Campen & Rochtus, Antwerp, BelgiumGroup
2008Kent Williams at Merry Karnowsky Gallery BerlinMerry Karnowsky Gallery, Berlin, GermanySolo
2008Swim in the Deep WaterMerry Karnowsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CASolo
2008All ApologiesLA Contemporary, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2008In the Land of Retinal Delights: The Juxtapoz FactorLaguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CAGroup
2008Hard Left: The Inaugural Exhibition of the Merry Karnowsky Gallery, BerlinMerry Karnowsky Gallery, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2007In AnimateMerry Karnowsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CASolo
2007Decade: Merry Karnowsky Gallery 10th Year Anniversary ExhibitionMerry Karnowsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2006AmalgamMerry Karnowsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CASolo
2006Outwin Boochever Portrait Painting and Sculpture ExhibitionSmithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DCGroup
2006The Collectors ShowArkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, ARGroup
2006Beyond RepresentationScion Dashboard, San Francisco, CAGroup
2005Solus+Merry Karnowsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CASolo
2005SolusArtspace, Raleigh, NCSolo
2005Modern and Contemporary Works on PaperForum Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2004Recent Works by Kent Williams and Justin WoodMerry Karnowsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2002Works on PaperMerry Karnowsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CASolo
2002No Bodies: LandscapesGomez Gallery, Baltimore, MDSolo
2002Drawings, Paintings, SculpturesUpper Playground, San Francisco, CASolo
2001Koan Paintings and Other Selected WorksMerry Karnowsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CASolo
2001Exhibition coinciding with the Sundance Film FestivalSundance Institute, Sundance, UtahSolo
2000Critic’s Choice: Julia MortonDuke University Museum of Art, Duke University, Durham, NCGroup
2000KoanGomez Gallery, Baltimore, MDGroup
1999Six Forms of Love and DespairMerry Karnowsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
1998UnknownMerry Karnowsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
1997Drawings and PaintingsMerry Karnowsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CASolo
1997Kent WilliamsMarita Gilliam Gallery, Raleigh, NCSolo
1997UnknownGomez Gallery, Baltimore, MDGroup
1997End of year group showMerry Karnowsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
1997Forbidden Fruits and Unholy LustTodd Kaplan Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
1996Works ExhibitionFour Color Images Gallery, New York, NYSolo
1996PaintingDurham Art Guild, Durham, NCSolo
1996UnknownMarita Gilliam Gallery, Raleigh, NCGroup
1995Drawings and PaintingsGallery Americas, Carrboro, NCSolo
1995New Art in the TriangleDuke University Museum of Art, Duke University, Durham, NCGroup
1993The Art of PoliticsSan Jose State University, San Jose, CAGroup
1993Declaration of IndependentsBess Cutler Gallery, New York, NYGroup
19911991 Inaugural Year ExhibitionsNorthern Arizona University Art Museum and Galleries, Flagstaff, AZGroup
1990Fax-simile: An InvitationalUniversity Art Gallery-Museum, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL Group
1989UnknownNorthern Arizona University Art Museum and Galleries, Flagstaff, AZGroup
1987RomanticJack Meier Gallery, Houston, TXGroup