Paul Williams: exhibition – Ghost Gums 15 Aug – 8 Sep 2012View stockroom & exhibitions
Gallery 9 is excited to announce a forthcoming exhibition of recent paintings by Melbourne based artist Paul Williams.
Instead of looking to a sense of unique Australian light that defined historical bush painting Williams blacks out what could be figures in foregrounds and rugged hills or dense scrub in the distance and creates a negative space. Williams works from matt-black backgrounds, painting bright, sharply contrasting colours well known to the tradition of Australian bush painting yet energised with his own vision of a landscape that has been both seen and imagined. Balanced within his compositions are Ghost Gums, painted with textured and gestured branches, flitting and swaying not as though in the breeze but as they might appear in a dream. In Williams’ visions of the landscape abstractions of form and colour collide with representation intentionally appear as projected dreamscapes.
Since graduating with a Master of Visual Arts from The Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) in 2008, Williams has held exhibitions solo exhibitions in Melbourne at Seventh Gallery (2011), Mr Kitty (2012) and at Substation (2012). During his time at The VCA he was recipient of the Alan Gordon McMillan Arts Award, the Rosemary Ricker Award and the Tania Brougham Award. He has been shown in numerous group shows in Melbourne including ‘The Directors Cut’ at The John Buckley Gallery (2009) and has been a finalist in the Keith and Elizabeth Murdoch Travelling Art Fellowship Exhibition at The Victorian College of the Arts (2009) and The Brett Whitely Travelling Art Scholarship Finalists Exhibitions (1999 and 2002).