David Williams began painting as a child, voraciously learning about oils, acrylics, watercolor and drawing. Being raised in the Virginia countryside, not far from Washington, DC., provided endless exploration of field and forest, as well as all the arts of Washington. David mentored with master artists from around the country, studying painting through workshops rather than art school. He studied academic figure drawing at the LA Academy of Figurative Art and the Virginia Museum Studio School. A professional artist since 1997, David's paintings are immediately recognized for quiet composition and richly textured surfaces. His work has been exhibited nationally and is found in hundreds of collections. David Williams' artwork is a continuing celebration of form, light and atmosphere.
My artworks are influenced by nature, painting on location and the understanding of color, brushwork and design developing from the practice. Using a simple composition, with a few major shapes as a starting point, a finished painting emerges. Working in oil, with a limited palette of five or six colors, a natural color harmony occurs. My brushwork is broadly applied and accentuated by generously layered, textural paint, creating a nearly sculptural quality. In their approach, my paintings are contemporary realism. With a primary interest in simplified form I explore naturalistic landscapes and parts of our built environment evoking nostalgia and a sense of place.
My lifestyle is fairly simple and contained, nature oriented and also punctuated by new things; my artwork reflects this personal aesthetic. Visually describing a subject without unnecessary embellishment and allowing the viewer to quietly participate is the experience my artwork offers.
A Few Specifics
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 & Benefit”, 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.
SELECT GROUP EXHIBITION
2016 “Easels In Frederick”, Plein Air Painting Competition, Frederick, MD.
2016 “Paint Annapolis”, Plein Air Competition, Circle Gallery, Annapolis, MD.
2016, 2013 “Artists and Friends”, Middle Street Gallery, Sperryville, VA.
2013 “An Artful Opening”, Color Wheel Gallery 65, McLean, VA.
2011 “Virginia Gardens”, Warm Springs Gallery, Warm Springs, VA.
2010, 2009, 2008 “Plein Air San Luis Obispo”, San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, San Luis Obispo, CA.
2010 “Follow the River”, Studios on the Park, Paso Robles, CA.
2009 “Joie de Vivre”, Three Artist’s, Caulfield Gallery, Washington, VA.
2009 “New England Harbors”, Berkley Gallery, Warrenton, VA.
2008, 2007 “Art of Living”, Gallery at Rich Designs, Colorado Springs, CO.
2008, 2007 “Plein Air Easton”, Academy Art Museum, Easton, MD.
2007 “Pride of Place”, Riverbend Fine Art, Marble Falls, TX.
2007 “Oil Painters of America”, Whistle-pik Gallery, Fredericksburg, TX.
2007 “Portrait Exhibition”, Virginia Museum Studio Gallery, Richmond, VA.
2006 “Less Is More”, Laguna Plein Air Painters Assoc., Laguna Beach, CA.
2006 “Land and Sea”, Berkley Gallery, Warrenton, VA.
2006 “Spring Exhibit”, Richland Fine Art, Nashville, TN.
2004 “Two Artists”, Galerie Europa, Reston, VA.
2003 “Recent Works” A Group Exhibition, Berkley Gallery, Warrenton, VA.
2002 “New Works”, Gallery One, Winchester, VA.
2001 “The Independents”, Buchanan Hall, Upperville, VA.
2000 “Collected Works”, Jubilee Gallery, Winchester, VA.
1999 “Lewis and Clark Annual Exhibition”, Lewis and Clark Center for the Arts, Lewiston, ID.
1999 “Richmond Artists”, Touchstone Gallery, Washington, D.C.
1999 “As the River Flows: An Artistic Journey Along the James River”, Three Artist Exhibition,
Art Space Cooperative Gallery, Richmond VA.
1999 “Richmond Artists”, Sycamore House Gallery, Harrisonburg, VA.
1998 “Benefit Exhibit”, Richmond Arts Collective, Richmond, VA.
1996 “Annual Member Exhibit”, Art Association of Harrisburg, Harrisburg, PA.
2017, “Shaping An Artist”, Summer Issue, Fauquier News, Caroline Fout.
2016, “Artist David Williams”, December, Middleburg Life, Sophie Scheps.
2014, “Artist Showcase”, Summer Issue, The Piedmont Virginian Magazine,
2013, “Illusions of Reality”, July 23, Middleburg Life, Lauren Giannini.
2010, “Plein Air with David Williams”, September, San Luis Obispo Tribune, Pat Pemberton.
2008, “Inspiration”, June-July, International Artist, David Williams.
2007, “Take It Easel”, July 27, The Star Democrat.
2007, “David Williams”, Winter Issue, Art Galleries and Artists of the South, Catherine Woodson.
2006, “Alumni Notes, David Williams”, October, Élan Magazine, Alice Ross.
2004, “A Simple Palette”, March, Élan Magazine, Donna Cedar - Southworth.
2002, “Alla Prima Paintings”, November, Rappahannock Times, Ruth Bigelson.
2001, “In Touch With the Art Spirit”, August, Rappahannock Times, Barbara Heile.
2012-Present Oil and Acrylic Painting Classes
2005-2017 Plein Air Workshops
2017 “Piedmont Painters”, nineteen artist exhibition, Zig Zag Gallery, The Plains, VA.
2001 “The Independents”, five artist exhibition, Buchanan Hall, Upperville, VA.
2009-2010 Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art / Drawing
2006-2007 Virginia Museum Studio / Drawing
2007 Richmond Visual Art Center /Drawing
Sunny Apinchapong -Yang, Gay Faulkenberry, Sherrie McGraw, Jove Wang, Camille Przewodek