PAUL WILLIAMS
BACKYARD BRICOLEUR
2–19 DECEMBER 2015

For his second solo exhibition at the gallery, Paul Williams presents a range of ceramic sculptures and paintings that recall the suburban environment of his childhood. Drawing mostly from memory and incidental sightings in his car, Williams is alert to the strangeness and gravitas, as well as humour, to be found in the tawdry and commonplace. He looks for those things that both stand out and fall back into the suburban spread, which he describes as a kind of “nowheresville”.

More than humorously repositioning himself as artist cum backyard bricoleur, Williams finds resonance between the suburban landscape most familiar to him and the more internalised process of making art. The private kingdom of the hobbyist’s backyard resembles the artist’s own jumbled studio, where disparate material gleaned from the outside world accumulates. Williams tinkers and toils there, collaging the seemingly disconnected into meaningful resolve and transfiguring the banal into something treasured.

Paul Williams (b. 1977) lives and works in Sydney. He holds a Bachelor and Masters of Fine Arts from UNSW Art & Design, and won the UNSW University Medal in 2007. William’s has held nine solo exhibitions and exhibited widely in group exhibitions. His most recent solo show, One day, Painter, you will die, opened at the Hazelhurst Regional Gallery on 17 October. He was recipient of the Art Start Grant and New Work: Early Career grant from the Australia Council for the Arts in 2012 and 2014. In 2010, he completed a residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris. His work is in the collection of Artbank and private collections in Australia and the United States.