Kelly S. Williams

b. 1977, Nashville, TN
It is this simultaneous play of pure opticality in the abstract painting and the illusory creation of form in the same space that intrigues me.
The Folding Screen I
The Folding Screen I

Kelly S. Williams is known for lush, prismatic paintings on round birch panels with an array of tiered patterns and compositions. Intrigued by the history of the curiosity cabinet, and influenced by a long relationship with fabric and quilting, Williams probes the human penchant for the preservation and cultivation of natural wonders. In particular, she is interested in how the process of collecting and composing objects interacts with horticulture as well as astronomy. Often working on several panels simultaneously, her process of layering and unveiling exposes multidimensional, kaleidoscopic depths in each composition. After applying a base pattern in acrylic, and then covering it with a layer of oil, she uses sharp objects to methodically scrape and texturize the surface. Williams’ meticulous, ritualistic practice strives to reveal compelling relationships among seemingly divergent spheres of life.

Kelly S. Williams received her BA in Studio Art from Vassar College and her MFA from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago. She has participated in residency programs nationally and internationally, such as the Yale Summer School for Art and Music and the Terra Foundation in Giverny, France, and has been awarded grants and awards including the WK Rose Fellowship in 2002 and the Carrell Artist Award in 2010. Her work hangs at Thompson Hotel, Nashville; nexAir Headquarters, Memphis; and the Nashville Courthouse among other collections.

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The Folding Screen I
The Folding Screen I
L'Origine du Monde on Instagram
L'Origine du Monde on Instagram
The Folding Screen II
The Folding Screen II
Mallards
Mallards
Starlight
Starlight
The Day It All Started
The Day It All Started
Magician's Union
Magician's Union
Magician's Union (detail 1)
Magician's Union (detail 1)
Magician's Union (detail 2)
Magician's Union (detail 2)
A Symbol for You and Me
A Symbol for You and Me
Envision a Better Future
Envision a Better Future
Three Car Spread
Three Car Spread
Freeze Warning (Peonies)
Freeze Warning (Peonies)
Ghosts
Ghosts
How the French Measure
How the French Measure
Blue Dogwood
Blue Dogwood
Green Emboridery
Green Emboridery
Polka Dots in Yellow and Brown
Polka Dots in Yellow and Brown
Black Dogwood
Black Dogwood
Pinwheel, Blue and Red
Pinwheel, Blue and Red
November
November
November (detail)
November (detail)
Study for Magician's Union
Study for Magician's Union
Up in Smoke
Up in Smoke
Seamed Tights
Seamed Tights
Throughout the Universe, in Perpetuity
Throughout the Universe, in Perpetuity
That's for Remembrance
That's for Remembrance
The Primrose Path of Dalliance
The Primrose Path of Dalliance
One Last Folded Sunset
One Last Folded Sunset
Untitled
Untitled
Sidewinder
Sidewinder
A Widening Gyre
A Widening Gyre
Still Explosions
Still Explosions
The Folding Screen I
The Folding Screen I
acrylic, flash and oil on wood, 87x37x2
2022
L'Origine du Monde on Instagram
L'Origine du Monde on Instagram
acrylic, flashe and oil on wood and oil on canvas, 63x57x2
2022
The Folding Screen II
The Folding Screen II
acrylic, flase and oil on wood, 87x37x2
2022
Mallards
Mallards
acrylic, flashe and oil on wood, 59" diameter
2022
Starlight
Starlight
acrylic, flashe and oil on wood, 63x57
2021
The Day It All Started
The Day It All Started
oil, acrylic and flashe on wood, 37" diameter
2021
Magician's Union
Magician's Union
acrylic, flashe and oil on panel, 60" diameter
2022
Magician's Union (detail 1)
Magician's Union (detail 1)
acrylic, flashe and oil on panel, 60" diameter
2022
Magician's Union (detail 2)
Magician's Union (detail 2)
acrylic, flashe and oil on panel, 60" diameter
2022
A Symbol for You and Me
A Symbol for You and Me
acrylic, flashe and oil on wood, 7" diameter
2022
Envision a Better Future
Envision a Better Future
acrylic, flashe adn oil on wood, 48" diameter
2022
Three Car Spread
Three Car Spread
oil on panel, 9x12
2022
Freeze Warning (Peonies)
Freeze Warning (Peonies)
oil on canvas, 8x11
2021
Ghosts
Ghosts
oil on panel, 8x10
2018
How the French Measure
How the French Measure
oil on canvas, 12x8
2021
Blue Dogwood
Blue Dogwood
oil on canvas, 12.25x12
2002
Green Emboridery
Green Emboridery
oil on canvas, 8.5x87
2022
Polka Dots in Yellow and Brown
Polka Dots in Yellow and Brown
oil on canvas, 9.5x0
2022
Black Dogwood
Black Dogwood
oil on canvas, 18x15
2022
Pinwheel, Blue and Red
Pinwheel, Blue and Red
acrylic, flashe and oil on wood, 6.75x6.75
2022
November
November
acrylic, flashe and oil on wood, 48" diameter
2022
November (detail)
November (detail)
acrylic, flashe and oil on wood, 48"diameter
2022
Study for Magician's Union
Study for Magician's Union
acrylic, flashe and oil on wood, 12" diameter
2022
Up in Smoke
Up in Smoke
acrylic, flashe and oil on wood, 12" diameter
2022
Seamed Tights
Seamed Tights
acrylic, flashe and oil on wood, 11" diameter
2022
Throughout the Universe, in Perpetuity
Throughout the Universe, in Perpetuity
acrylic, flashe, oil on wood, 22.5x22.5
2022
That's for Remembrance
That's for Remembrance
oil, acrylic and flashe on wood, 37" diameter
2021
The Primrose Path of Dalliance
The Primrose Path of Dalliance
oil, acrylic and flashe on wood, 37" diameter
2021
One Last Folded Sunset
One Last Folded Sunset
oil, acrylic and flashe on wood, 48" diameter
2021
Untitled
Untitled
oil and acrylic on wood, 16" diameter
2020
Sidewinder
Sidewinder
oil and acrylic on wood, 16" diameter
2020
A Widening Gyre
A Widening Gyre
oil and acrylic on wood, 18" diameter
2020
Still Explosions
Still Explosions
oil and acrylic on wood, 6.75" diameter
2020

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