Alex Williams – Feasible Colours

Wednesday March 6, 2024


Private View: Sunday 7th April 2024

The Exhibition continues until: Saturday 27th April 2024

To view the exhibition click here

Alex Williams
Alex Williams

What strikes you first when looking at Alex Williams’ latest work is the vibrant colour and texture he employs to tell the story which makes up each picture. The more you look, the more you see. The contrasts between cultures – skyscrapers with Bedouins on camels, Goya’s portrait of the Duchess of Alba standing in front of an old Chevy and some cattle, Van Gogh’s sunflowers alongside a stretch limousine – is his way of expressing the question Where are we going? ( the title of one of the most exciting and lively of the paintings).

Alex Williams - Spanish Connection and Perro - Oil on Canvas - 16 x 12 Inches
Alex Williams – Spanish Connection and Perro – Oil on Canvas – 16 x 12 Inches

Where ever the destination, the journey may well be on a tractor or in a old 1960s car or possibly on a donkey or cow. And it may take you through the English countryside or the desert or on the sea. And then you may find yourself in Van Gogh country or a magical combination of farmyard and 1960s pop culture or in a landscape entirely populated by tractors.

The overall vision is truly original and utterly personal to Alex. And always full of wit and wry humour.

The many references to his favourite artists expresses his lifelong devotion to art and its study. He won a place at St Martins in 1961, then one of the leading art schools in the country. He was fortunate to be taught by Peter Blake, already famous for his pop art paintings and still an important influence on Alex.

Alex Williams - Town and Country - Oil on Canvas - 36 x 44 Inches
Alex Williams – Town and Country – Oil on Canvas – 36 x 44 Inches

It was Peter Blake who taught Alex the vital importance of drawing. He has always drawn a lot, and continues to do so, filling sketchbooks with bits and pieces of visual material which then demand to be turned into a painting.

Over the decades, Alex has never veered from the path of an artist. He is a natural teacher and has taught both children and adults; he has been a commercial designer and has painted portraits of houses and people; he has painted the country and the town; and has made films, most recently a project illustrating Under Milk Wood. But painting has remained his first passion and
 of course he has had many successful exhibitions over the years.

This exhibition shows some pictures with themes of the countryside familiar to his fans, as always wonderfully vivid and earthy. But in the very latest work, Alex looks both backwards and forwards in his exploration of his primary theme which knits the show together – Where are we going? He challenges convention in striving to answer the question by combining some of his favourite icons in a mix of cultures and eras. We see some of his heroes ( Van Gogh, Goya, Piero Della Francesco, Peter Gabriel) rubbing shoulders as it were, across the years and from eclectic worlds, creating narratives for us to ponder. It’s exciting stuff.

Alex Williams - Another Busy Morning - Oil on Canvas - 16 x 20 Inches
Alex Williams – Another Busy Morning – Oil on Canvas – 16 x 20 Inches

Fiona Greenwood, 2024