Antony Williams ‘In stillness – Life’
Portraits over time and the Margaret Robinson series
14 September – 14 October 2022
In stillness – Life presents portraits produced by leading contemporary figurative artist, Antony Williams, from 2000 until 2022. The exhibition will showcase two distinct series – portraits of his models over time and the portraits of his landlady Margaret Robinson. The series of paintings of Margaret Robinson, produced over a period of sixteen years, have been assembled from private collections for the exhibition and will be displayed together for the first time.
Together with this series, portraits from 2009 until the present will be shown. These include a new group of intimate portraits painted by Williams over the last year featuring sitters that he has previously painted, for example ‘Caroline’ who he first painted in 1997 and ‘John’ in 2004, alongside a new model ‘Alice’ not previously painted. By painting models who have differing levels of familiarity, Williams continues to survey the effects of time and experience which he investigated in a similar way with the series of portraits of Margaret.
Williams works almost exclusively in egg tempera - a painstaking, exacting medium in which egg is used instead of linseed oil as the binding medium. He trained at Farnham College of Art and Portsmouth University and is a member of the New English Art Club, the Royal Society of Portrait Painters and the Pastel Society.