Patricia Williams, Hidden Things Revealed.
A pinecone. A pear. An artichoke. Different and yet alike. A simple warmup sketch of these objects led Patricia Williams to this new exploration of the similarities and differences among common plants and animals. Glimpsed behind veils of abstract washes, disparate life forms are connected by color and shape. They reveal their nature as much by what is hidden as by what is revealed.
The intriguing mix of abstraction and realism invites viewers to make their own interpretations of the images presented. The works are cerebral and often whimsical, yet display a strong emotional connection to the subject matter.
A native of North Carolina, Ms. Williams now lives in Virginia and divides her time between Falls Church, the NC Outer Banks, and Albemarle County, where she finds inspiration in nature and the ever changing elements of the landscape.
Mark Jenkins of the Washington Post said of Williams:
The Virginia artist’s still lifes are hardly esoteric, but they do undertake the metaphysical challenge of freezing instants amid unceasing change… Unlike most watercolorists, she applies multiple washes of paint, which is how she achieves voluptuous images such as “Plum Perfect,” which is halved, deep red and seemingly juicy. Williams also makes lyrical, near-abstract pictures in which bits of living things — petals, wings, pincers — swirl on white grounds… Williams may have a gentle touch, but it’s in the service of a forceful vision.
This is the artist’s first solo show at 311 Gallery. Her work has also been shown by Touchstone Gallery in Washington DC, The Art League in Alexandria, Strathmore Hall, the Baltimore Watercolor Society, the Falls Church Watercolor Society, and the Central Virginia Watercolor Guild among others.
For more information, please contact 311 Gallery Owner Allen Clapp at (919) 247-4915 or allenclapp@311Gallery.com
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