David Williams is an American artist living in Dijon, France. His richly textured paintings describe a transitory scene as poetry describes a fleeting moment. The paintings are recognized for quiet, simplified composition and vibrant, interpretive color statements. David’s work has been exhibited internationally and is widely collected in the United States and France. David Williams' artwork is a continuing celebration of form, light and atmosphere.
My artworks are influenced by nature, painting on location and the understanding of color, brushwork and design developing from the practice. Using a simple composition, with a few major shapes as a starting point, a finished painting emerges. Working in oil, with a limited palette of five or six colors, a natural color harmony occurs. My brushwork is broadly applied and accentuated by generously layered, textural paint, creating a nearly sculptural quality. In their approach, my paintings are contemporary realism. With a primary interest in simplified form I explore naturalistic landscapes and parts of our built environment evoking nostalgia and a sense of place. My lifestyle is fairly simple and contained, nature oriented and also punctuated by new things; my artwork reflects this personal aesthetic. Visually describing a subject without unnecessary embellishment and allowing the viewer to quietly participate is the experience my artwork offers.
BORN 1969 District of Columbia
2009-2010 Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art / Drawing
2006-2007 Virginia Museum Studio / Drawing
2007 Richmond Visual Art Center /Drawing
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2013 “Recent Works”, Lifestyle Interiors, Middleburg, VA.
2012 “A Sense of Place”, Zig Zag Gallery, The Plains, VA.
2009 “California Dreaming”, Berkley Gallery, Warrenton, VA.
2008 “Light Effects”, Berkley Gallery, Warrenton, VA.
2007 “Late Summer Afternoon”, Warm Springs Gallery, Warm Springs, VA.
2004 “Recent Works”, Berkley Gallery, Warrenton, VA.
2003 “The Phillips Collection, Washington Exhibition & Benefit”, Washington, DC.
2003 “From The Studio”, Gleedsville Gallery, Leesburg, VA.
2002 “Alla Prima”, Longview Gallery, Sperryville, VA.
2001 “Still-lifes and Virginia Landscapes”, Longview Gallery, Sperryville, VA.
2001 “New Work”, Preston House Art and Antiques, Gloucester, VA.
2000 “Scenes of Summer”, Jubilee Gallery, Winchester, VA.
1998 “The Still-life”, Gallery of NVCC, Manassas, VA.
1997 “New Paintings”, Gallery of NVCC, Manassas, VA.
2017, “Shaping An Artist”, Summer Issue, Fauquier News.
2016, “Artist David Williams”, December, Middleburg Life.
2014, “Artist Showcase”, Summer Issue, The Piedmont Virginian Magazine.
2013, “Illusions of Reality”, July 23, Middleburg Life.
2010, “Plein Air with David Williams”, September, San Luis Obispo Tribune.
2008, “Inspiration”, June-July, International Artist.
2007, “Take It Easel”, July 27, The Star Democrat.
2007, “David Williams”, Winter Issue, Art Galleries and Artists of the South.
2006, “Alumni Notes, David Williams”, October, Élan Magazine.
2004, “A Simple Palette”, March, Élan Magazine.
2002, “Alla Prima Paintings”, November, Rappahannock Times.
2001, “In Touch With the Art Spirit”, August, Rappahannock Times.