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.
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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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Spotlight
Spotlight
Columbine
Columbine
Pintuck
Pintuck
Summer Sky
Summer Sky
Birdwatching
Birdwatching
Still Explosions
Still Explosions
Summer Solstice
Summer Solstice
Say it with Flowers
Say it with Flowers
Pinwheel
Pinwheel
Brown Eyed Girl
Brown Eyed Girl
Looking at Alex Katz Paintings Again
Looking at Alex Katz Paintings Again
Everything That Dies Someday Comes Back
Everything That Dies Someday Comes Back
A Widening Gyre
A Widening Gyre
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Canebrake Guarding
Canebrake Guarding
Black Swan
Black Swan
Sidewinder
Sidewinder
Peacock
Peacock
Stars Collide
Stars Collide
Blue Willow
Blue Willow
Lighten Up
Lighten Up
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oil and acrylic on wood, 16" diameter
2020
Folded
Folded
oil and acrylic on wood, 16" diameter
2020
Spotlight
Spotlight
oil and acrylic on wood, 29" diameter
2020
Columbine
Columbine
oil and acrylic on wood, 22.5" diameter
2020
Pintuck
Pintuck
oil and acrylic on wood, 23" diameter
2020
Summer Sky
Summer Sky
oil and acrylic on wood, 6.5" diameter
2020
Birdwatching
Birdwatching
oil and acrylic on wood, 6.5" diameter
2020
Still Explosions
Still Explosions
oil and acrylic on wood, 6.75" diameter
2020
Summer Solstice
Summer Solstice
oil and acrylic on wood, 11.5"diameter
2020
Say it with Flowers
Say it with Flowers
oil and acrylic on wood, 20.5" diameter
2020
Pinwheel
Pinwheel
oil and acrylic on wood, 23" diameter
2020
Brown Eyed Girl
Brown Eyed Girl
oil and acrylic on wood, 23" diameter
2020
Looking at Alex Katz Paintings Again
Looking at Alex Katz Paintings Again
oil and acrylic on wood, 44" diameter
2020
Everything That Dies Someday Comes Back
Everything That Dies Someday Comes Back
oil and acrylic on wood, 24" diameter
2020
A Widening Gyre
A Widening Gyre
oil and acrylic on wood, 18" diameter
2020
Untitled
Untitled
oil and acrylic on wood, 10" diameter
2020
Canebrake Guarding
Canebrake Guarding
oil and acrylic on wood, 12" diameter
2020
Black Swan
Black Swan
oil and acrylic on wood, 16" diameter
2020
Sidewinder
Sidewinder
oil and acrylic on wood, 16" diameter
2020
Peacock
Peacock
oil and acrylic on wood, 38" diameter
2020
Stars Collide
Stars Collide
acrylic and vinyl paint on wood, 60x60x60
2018
Blue Willow
Blue Willow
acrylic and vinyl paint on wood, 29" diameter
2018
Lighten Up
Lighten Up
acrylic, vinyl and oil paint on wood, 48" diameter
2017

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