DAVID WILLIAMS

PROFILE

Piled Up, 30x40
Piled Up, 30x40

David was born in Washington, DC and grew up in the Virginia countryside. His love for the outdoors was instilled early on, growing from childhood explorations of field and forest, river and bay. Influences collected during his youth color his work to this day, forming the foundation of a lifetime interest in nature and art.

At the urging of family, David began art classes around the age of ten, which led to study at VCU and classical figure drawing at the Los Angeles Academy. David studied portrait and landscape painting with some of the finest artists around, including Jove Wang, Sunny Apinchapong-Yang, Sherrie McGraw, Gay Faulkenberry and Camille Przewodek.

David’s paintings have been awarded numerous prizes, including artist’s choice, collector’s choice and best of show. His paintings have been featured in newspaper and magazine articles and are included in collections throughout the United States.

 

Artist Statement

 

My studio paintings are influenced by over two decades of painting on location and the understanding of design, color and brushwork which develops out of the practice. Using a simple layout, with just a few major shapes as a starting point, a finished painting slowly emerges. Working in oil, with a limited palette of five colors, a natural color harmony occurs. My brushwork is broadly applied and punctuated by generously layered, textural paint which creates a nearly sculptural quality. 

In their approach, my paintings are contemporary realism. With a primary interest in simplified form and pattern, I explore naturalistic landscapes and parts of our built environment that evoke nostalgia and a sense of place.

I tend to prefer a simplified lifestyle punctuated by new things and my artwork reflects this personal aesthetic. Saying a lot without saying too much is important. Visually describing a subject without unnecessary embellishment and allowing the viewer to quietly participate is the experience my artwork offersUp

Solo Exhibition

 

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”, 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

 

 

Group  Exhibition

 

2015

"Art of The Piedmont", Middleburg Community Center, Middleburg, VA.

"70th Piedmont Art Show", Grace Episcopal Church, The Plains, VA.

 

2014

"Art of the Piedmont", Middleburg Community Center, Middleburg, VA.

"Upperville Art Show", Trinity Episcopal Church, Upperville, VA.

"69th Piedmont Art Show", Grace Episcopal Church, The Plains, VA.

2013

"Miniature Masterworks", Live an Artful Life Gallery, The Plains, VA.

"68th Piedmont Art Show", Grace Episcopal Church, The Plains, VA.

"Art In The Burg", New Paintings displayed throughout Middleburg, Middleburg, VA.

“Spring Art at the Mill”, Burwell Morgan Mill, Millwood, VA.

“Art of the Piedmont”, Middleburg Community Center, Middleburg, VA.

“An Artful Opening”, Color Wheel Gallery 65, McLean, VA.

“Artists and Friends”, Middle Street Gallery, Sperryville, VA.

2012

“67th Piedmont Art Show”, Grace Episcopal Church, The Plains, VA.

“Annual Chestnut Gala, Ayrshire Farm, Upperville, VA.

2011

“Virginia Gardens”, Warm Springs Gallery, Warm Springs, VA.

2010

“Plein Air San Luis Obispo”, San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, San Luis Obispo, CA.

“Follow the River”, Studios on the Park, Paso Robles, CA.

“Art in the Park”, Paso Robles, CA.

2009

“Joie de Vivre”, Three Artist’s, Caulfield Gallery, Washington, VA.

"Plein Air San Luis Obispo", San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, San Luis Obispo, CA.

“New England Harbors”, Berkley Gallery, Warrenton, VA.

2008

“Art of Living”, Gallery at Rich Designs, Colorado Springs, CO.

“Plein Air San Luis Obispo”, San Luis Obispo, Museum of Art, San Luis Obispo, CA.

“Quick Draw - Plein Air Easton”, Competition, Easton, MD.

“Plein Air Easton”, Academy Art Museum, Easton, MD.

“Fall Art at the Mill”, Burwell Morgan Mill, Millwood, VA.

“Belle Grove Benefit”, Winchester, VA.

2007

“Plein Air Norfolk”, Monticello Arcade, Norfolk, VA.

“Homestead Art Weekend”, The Homestead, Hot Springs, VA.

“The Art of Living”, Gallery at Rich Designs, Colorado Springs, CO.

“Plein Air Chincoteague”, Chincoteague Cultural Alliance, Chincoteague, VA..

“Quick Draw - Plein Air Easton”, Competition, Easton, MD.

“Plein Air Easton”, Academy Art Museum, Easton, MD.

“Pride of Place”, Riverbend Fine Art, Marble Falls, TX.

“Belle Grove Benefit”, Winchester, VA.

“Oil Painters of America”, Whistlepik Gallery, Fredericksburg, TX.

“Fall Art at the Mill”, Burwell Morgan Mill, Millwood, VA.

“Portrait Exhibition”, Virginia Museum Studio Gallery, Richmond, VA.

2006

“Less Is More”, Laguna Plein Air Painters Assoc., Laguna Beach, CA.

“Land and Sea”, Berkley Gallery, Warrenton, VA.

“Fall Art at The Mill”, Burwell Morgan Mill, Millwood, VA.

"Summer Show”, Crossroads Art Center Gallery, Richmond, VA.

“Belle Grove Benefit”, Winchester, VA.

“Spring Exhibit”, Richland Fine Art, Nashville, TN.

2005

“The Still-Life”, Painting Demonstration, Galerie Europa, Reston, Virginia.

“Summer Art”, Galerie Europa, Reston, Virginia.

“Plein Air Painters Weekend”, Galerie Europa, Reston, Virginia.

2004

“Recent Work”, Galerie Europa, Reston, Virginia.

“Plein Air Warrenton, Demonstration and Exhibition, Warrenton , Virginia.

"Two Artists”, Galerie Europa, Reston, Virginia.

“Plein Air Warrenton”, Demonstration and Exhibition, Warrenton, Virginia.

“Recent Works”, Berkley Gallery, Warrenton, Virginia.

2003

“Belle Grove Benefit”, Winchester, Virginia.

2002

“New Works”, Gallery One, Winchester, Virginia.

“Aldie Art at the Mill”, Virginia Outdoor Foundation, Aldie, Virginia.

2001

“Christmas Studio Tour”, David Williams Studio, Millwood, Virginia.

“Fall Art at the Mill”, Burwell Morgan Mill, Millwood, Virginia.

“The Independents”, Buchanan Hall, Upperville, Virginia.

“Belle Grove Benefit”, Claytonville, Millwood, Virginia.

“Aldie Art at the Mill”, Virginia Outdoor Foundation, Aldie, Virginia.

“Spring Art at the Mill”, Burwell Morgan Mill, Millwood, Virginia.

2000

“Collected Works”, Jubilee Gallery, Winchester, Virginia.

“Fall Art at the Mill”, Burwell Morgan Mill, Millwood, Virginia.

“Park Reflections”, The Carillon, Richmond, Virginia.

“Spring Art at the Mill”, Burwell Morgan Mill, Millwood, Virginia.

1999

“Fall Art at the Mill”, Burwell Morgan Mill, Millwood, Virginia.

“Park Reflections”, The Carillon, Richmond, Virginia.

“Lewis and Clark Annual Exhibition”, Lewis and Clark Center for the Arts, Lewiston, Idaho.

“Richmond Artists”, Touchstone Gallery, Washington, D.C.

“As the River Flows: An Artistic Journey Along the James River”, Three Artist Exhibition,

Artspace Cooperative Gallery, Richmond Virginia.

“Spring Art at the Mill”, Burwell Morgan Mill, Millwood, Virginia.

“Richmond Artists”, Sycamore House Gallery, Harrisonburg, Virginia.

“Spring Exhibition”, Artspace Cooperative Gallery, Richmond, Virginia

1998

“Studio Walk”, Group Open Studio, Richmond, Virginia.

“Fall Art at the Mill”, Burwell Morgan Mill, Millwood, Virginia.

“Park Reflections”, The Carillon, Richmond, Virginia.

“Benefit Exhibit”, Richmond Arts Collective, Richmond, Virginia.

“Spring Art at the Mill”, Burwell Morgan Mill, Millwood, Virginia.

1997

“November Show”, Shockoe Bottom Arts Center, Richmond, Virginia.

“Perry County Artists”, Capitol Rotunda, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

“Recent Works”, Two Artist Exhibition, Gallery of NVCC, Manassas, Virginia.

“Fall Art at the Mill”, Burwell Morgan Mill, Millwood, Virginia.

“Park Reflections”, The Carillon, Richmond, Virginia.

“Spring Art at the Mill”, Burwell Morgan Mill, Millwood, Virginia.

1996

“Recent Paintings”, Two Artist Exhibition, NVCC, Manassas, Virginia.

“Annual Member Exhibit”, Art Association of Harrisburg, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

 

 

 

Bibliography

 

Summer 2014, The Piedmont Virginian, Artists Showcase.

July 2013, Middleburg Life, "Illusions of Reality", by Lauren Giannini.

September 2010, San Luis Obispo Tribune, “Plein Air Painting With David Williams” by Patrick Pemberton.

June - July 2008, International Artist, “Inspiration”, David Williams.

July 27, 2007, The Star Democrat, Take It Easel.

Winter 2007, Art Galleries and Artists of the South, David Williams by Catherine Woodson.

October 2006,  Élan Magazine, Alumni Notes, David Williams by Alice Ross.          

March 2004, Élan Magazine, A Simple Palette by Donna Cedar - Southworth.

November 2002, Rappahannock Times, Alla Prima Paintings by Ruth Bigelson.

August 2001, Rappahannock Times, David Williams - In Touch With The Art Spirit by Barbara

Sherwood.