Monday, June 25, 2012

Don Williams

“Driving Wheels” © Don Williams
Name: Don Williams
Bio: Sonoma artist Don was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 1941. He grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska and in 1959 entered the Universtiy of Nebraska as an art major. At the end of his sophmore year he was awarded a Max Beckmann Scholarship to study painting and sculpture at the Brooklyn Museum Art School. Don returned to Lincoln to finish his junior and senior years and received his BFA in painting in 1964. He went to Tulane University for his MFA and graduated 1966. After three years of college teaching in Louisiana and South Carolina, Don moved to San Francisco in 1969. He has lived in the San Francisco bay area ever since. Since 1970 he has had at least twenty-eight solo shows in galleries and museums including the M.H. de Young Museum in San Francisco, The San Jose Museum of Art, The Mecene Gallery in Tokyo, Japan and the Sheldon Art Museum in Lincoln, NE. His work is in numerous public and private collections in the USA and in Japan.
I have not added to my "top ten" artists who use pastel for some time, but I think Don Williams features very strongly as a contender. Superb work.
Medium: Pastel; oil; gouache. Don informs me that his large pastels are on 4-ply rag board that framers use for matting. He has worked on Crescent, Rising and Nielsen Bainbridge. Lately he has been using Strathmore.  Don likes that the 4-ply boards lie flat in the frame and can stand up to lots of rubbing.
Subjects: Still life; landscapes (think Edward Hopper and Adolf Dehn.).
StylePhoto-realist. Williams handles pastel with no nonsense, using its power of suggestion in a masterly way to create a powerful atmospheric tour de force.
Navigation: Links remain available at all times, except when viewing the enlarged images, but it’s easy to get back to a gallery or the main links.
Gallery: Paintings; Pastels; Drawings.
Image View: Thumbnails enlarge in a scrollable viewer, where medium and dimension are indicated. Images may be saved. Driving Wheels is 32 x 41 ins. 700 x 483, 178 KB
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