Mark Williams 

“Out of the emptiness”

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 Sunday 30 November 2014 – Sunday 18 May 2015

“These paintings show an evolution from the figurative representation of common objects (Chairs, brassieres) to a focus that tightens onto some decorative element (such as the pattern on a bra’) which in turn gets brought into such close focus that the pattern disintegrates into shape.  Swatches of material utilized by the fashion industry were an initial site of inspiration and departure.  The works may be seen as “abstract” – but the abstraction is of a different quality to the abstraction of 20th century modernists, since the shapes may suggest figuration, so equally they may be seen as figurative.  In a sense they are neither abstract nor figurative but reside in a hybrid zone between these two states.  Representative abstraction?  Abstract figuration?  The paintings have come to existence “out of the emptiness” of resisting both abstract and figurative protocols.”

 

Anthony Howell

 

The Paintings:

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Installation Views:

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Mark Williams

(Checkout Archive for his previous exhibitions at The Room)

e-mail mark.williams67@btopenworld.com

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

 

2014 The Room, London

2011 The Room, London

2006 The Room, London

2001 Agent Provocateur, window displays

1998 97 – 99, Sclater Street, London

1995 Hyper Hyper, London (in conjunction with London Fashion Week)

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

 

2011 The Room, London

2009 The Room, London

2001 Hotpotch, Derby School of Art, Derbys

1997 EON, Blue Note, London

Frankfurt Art Fair, Germany

1996 Six Monkeys, Raw Gallery, London

Recent Acquisitions, Art Committee of Unilever, London

1995 Contemporary Art Society, Royal Festival Hall, London

1994 No Frills, Third Wave Gallery, Cardiff

1993 Start ‘93, Plymouth Art Center, Devon

 

AWARDS & ACHIEVEMENTS

 

1995 Liquiditex painting prize

1993 Three paintings short-listed for the New Contemporaries

 

 

REVIEWS & PUBLICATIONS

1998

‘The Chair She Sat In’ (article by Anthony Howell)

Solo exhibition reviewed by ‘Art Monthly’

Detail of Betty Page published in ‘Art Monthly’

1996

Work reviewed by ‘Arts Review’

Article in ‘What’s On’ illustrated by detail of Jiminy’s Finger

Work reviewed by ‘Time Out’

Article in ‘Arts Review’, illustrated by What’s Up Duck

Detail of Jiminy’s Finger published In ‘Modern Painters’

Detail of Jiminy’s Finger published in ‘Frieze’ (Issue 29)

1994

‘Back to Basics’ (article by Anthony Howell)

1993

Pondering Alice (short listed for the New Contemporaries)

published in ‘The Independent’

 

 

EDUCATION & QUALIFICATIONS

 

1994-1995

MA Painting Chelsea College of Art & Design, London

1990-1993

BA (Hons) Fine Art – First Class Honours University of Wales, Cardiff Institute

1992

Art Exchange Programme, Emily Carr Institute, Vancouver, Canada

1989-1990

Certificate of Foundation Studies in Art Byam Shaw School of Art, London

 

 

SALES                                                          TITLE

 

Setsu McLean, Tokyo, Japan                     Cruela

Brian Chalkley, London                              Untitled

Anthony Howell, London                           Betty Page

Gepetto’s Brush

Chair Detail/Print

Serena Rees, Joe Corre                               AP Sauce, Leg Show

Agent Provocateur, London

Unilever Collection, London                      Betty Page

Ogan Boychetz, London                             Office Chairs 1-4

Anaru Evierson, London                            Pinocchio’s Strings

J N Forsyth, Torquay                                  Wicked 1

Ralph Wyatt, Essex                                      Alice In Tatters

Brassier/Print

Joe Wilks, Australia                                     Whats Up Duck?

Robin & Lisa Knight, London                    Allen Jones

Bianca Allen, London                                  Gas Cooker 1-3

Rebecca French, London                            Wicked 2

Jude Kerr, London                                      Walt Disney/Walt Disney

Tony and Harriet Brennan, London         Boy Surfer

Brassier/Print

Sam and Karen Eastwood, London          Elongated Chair 1-3

Renee Magritte

Kelly Edmonson, London                           Brassiere

Fiona O’Sullivan, London                           Wicked 3

Dolly Knight                                                 Office Chair 5-6

Allen Jones

Walnut Tree Hotel                                       Chairs 1-3 elongated

Yvette Gibbs                                                  Brassiere/Print

 

 

LECTURING

 

2002

Derby School of Art Visiting Lecturer

2001

Derby School of Art Advising students for final show

Derby School of Art Visiting Lecturer

Including delivering a seminar on Contemporary culture

1997

University of Wales Cardiff Institute, Visiting Lecturer

1996

University of Wales Cardiff Institute, Visiting Lecturer

Including delivering a Seminar on Appropriation in Art and Popular Culture

1995

Winchester School of Art Visiting Lecturer including delivering a Seminar on work

Brighton School of Art Visiting Lecturer

1994

Radio BBC Wales Guest Speaker discussing contemporary Culture

 

 

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