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.
A Picture Of The Sky The Day We Met
A Picture Of The Sky The Day We Met

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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A Picture Of The Sky The Day We Met
A Picture Of The Sky The Day We Met
A Ceiling Constellation
A Ceiling Constellation
The Next Solar System
The Next Solar System
Blue Willow
Blue Willow
Afghan
Afghan
Eyelet (Gray)
Eyelet (Gray)
A House In Order
A House In Order
 Family Double Dare
Family Double Dare
Little Blue Eyes
Little Blue Eyes
The Oracle Of Oak Park
The Oracle Of Oak Park
Lighten Up
Lighten Up
 Double Dare
Double Dare
Ambiguous Loss
Ambiguous Loss
A Letter To Kate
A Letter To Kate
 A Letter From Kate
A Letter From Kate
 Ophelia
Ophelia
 Otherwise
Otherwise
Calling The Corners
Calling The Corners
A Picture Of The Sky The Day We Met
A Picture Of The Sky The Day We Met
acrylic and vinyl paint on wood, 40" diameter
2018
A Ceiling Constellation
A Ceiling Constellation
acrylic, vinyl and oil on wood, 40" diameter
2018
The Next Solar System
The Next Solar System
acrylic an vinyl paint on wood, 40" diameter
2018
Blue Willow
Blue Willow
acrylic and vinyl paint on wood, 29" diameter
2018
Afghan
Afghan
acrylic, vinyl and oil on wood, 40" diameter
2018
Eyelet (Gray)
Eyelet (Gray)
acrylic, vinyl oil on wood, 23" diameter
2018
A House In Order
A House In Order
acrylic, vinyl and oil on wood, 59" diameter
2017
 Family Double Dare
Family Double Dare
acrylic, vinyl and oil on wood, 29" diameter
2017
Little Blue Eyes
Little Blue Eyes
acrylic, vinyl oil on wood, 29" diameter
2017
The Oracle Of Oak Park
The Oracle Of Oak Park
acrylic, vinyl and oil paint on wood, 48" diameter
2017
Lighten Up
Lighten Up
acrylic, vinyl and oil paint on wood, 48" diameter
2017
 Double Dare
Double Dare
acrylic, vinyl and oil paint on wood, 48" diameter
2017
Ambiguous Loss
Ambiguous Loss
acrylic, vinyl and oil paint on wood, 48" diameter
2017
A Letter To Kate
A Letter To Kate
acrylic and oil on wood, 18" diameter
2017
 A Letter From Kate
A Letter From Kate
acrylic and oil on birch, 18" diameter
2016
 Ophelia
Ophelia
acrylic and oil on wood, 24" diameter
2017
 Otherwise
Otherwise
acrylic and oil on birch, 48x45
2017
Calling The Corners
Calling The Corners
oil and acrylic on wood, 36" diameter
2016