JUSTIN WILLIAMS FIGURES & VESSELS

ARTIST TALK WEDNESDAY JULY 20, 7 PM

June 22 – July 24, 2016

 

 

last of its kind, imagine
her
the last woman
the last woman
the last of it all,
and of every one
last of all,
and last of every thing
last of it all
of color
of feeling
last of all
that ever was, imagine
the last
ever
to pick up a stone
to throw a stone
imagine,
all as no more,
ever again
no woman
no color
no feeling
no figure
no vessel
nothing
imagine,
nothing.

- Alexander Tovborg (© Alexander Tovborg for ART 3 gallery - June 20, 2016)

 

 

Transcending the whispers of local folklore and urban legend, Justin Williams’s artworks are raw, subversive, and primal while simultaneously being idyllic, mystical, and sublime. His imagery includes expressionistically rendered figures and animals often engulfed with luscious and vibrantly jewel toned foliage. The artist grew up living and working in the Dandenong Ranges just east of east of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Known for its towering Mountain Ash trees and sheltered fern gullies, this mild and wet mountain range and rainforest covers the remains of an extinct volcano. This topography, that of unruly bramble and dew on leaves just after a thunderstorm features heavily in Williams’s paintings.  Perhaps an outsider, definitely an observer, Williams’s draws from both personal experience and that of the community—a town’s resident oddballs and verbal histories. Finding their way in, like a glimpse out the corner of your eye, or a vivid remnant of a recent dream, these narratives weave through his work, a tumbling id tempered by the artist’s definitive vision. This tension of universal with particular can often be seen through Williams’s pictorial rendering. Figures will have a distinctive wrist or knotted ankle while peering out through a masked or mistily veiled face, having a briskly drawn torso, or hauntingly transparent limb. However poetically universal their appeal, the curiously specific details and stories of Williams’s cast of characters makes them utterly unique. 

 

PRESS RELEASE

Press

ARTSY EDITORIAL ARIST JUSTIN WILLIAMS BRINGS TALES FROM AFAR TO BROOKLYN by Amy Silver
July 13th, 2016
FORBES 6 Can't-Miss Art Shows of the Week of June 20, 2016, JUSTIN WILLIAMS at ART 3 gallery
June 21, 2016
FINE ART INTELLIGENCE Featured Artist Interview: JUSTIN WILLIAMS
June 16, 2016
THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD | What to see in Melbourne's galleries by Dan Rule, July 24, 2015
ARTIST PROFILE | JUSTIN WILLIAMS by Camille Nock, April 8, 2015
ART COLLECTOR | JUSTIN WILLIAMS: Viridian, July 2014
FOUR&SONS | Dark Romance JUSTIN LEE WILLIAMS, Deanne Sarita Smart and Mack by Samantha Gurrie, 2014
FRESH Magazine | JUSTIN WILLIAMS: Mixed Media Genius, 2011