Paintings by Enid Williams
Event Types: Visual Arts
Aug 22, 2022 5:03 PM — Sep 16, 2022 5:03 PM
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Greenville Technical College Benson Campus Galleries
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Enid Williams limits her painting vocabulary to condensed semicircular shapes rendered in a myriad of bold, almost unyielding colors, as well as subtle, modulated color. She pairs this color complexity with her time-consuming process of building images through the layering of shapes. She often scrapes through layers to reveal subtle, earlier colors or adds layers to intensify colors. The end result is a stop-action surface that is suspended on and supported by the dense, complex layers of shapes that retain the motion of her brush stroke.
According to Williams, “I continue to explore changing dichotomies within this diverse framework…” Not only does she explore and experiment with color, with application as additive and subtractive processes but also with substrates for constructing her visual scenarios. Best Practices is a collection of images that presents a sampling of the many ambiguities of her processes, explorations, and thus her paintings. She cites “Science, literary conventions, color perception charts, Abstract Expressionism and Op Art” as inspirations. Through her accessible vocabulary of shapes, she renders a concentrated visual schema of the passage of time and the evolution of color through layering. She leaves no requisite visual entry or path into her works. She affords the viewer freedom to dive into the middle and bathe in the luscious colors or just hesitantly step in at a corner or edge before making the leap.
Enid Williams received her M.F.A. in painting from Kent State University in 1996 and her B.A. in studio art from the University of Toledo in 1992. Enid was awarded a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant in 2011, two Metropolitan Arts Council Grants in 2007 and 2011, the Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship in 2002, the Columbus Museum of Art Purchase Award in 2000, the Hall Memorial Award of Painting, Ohio Art League, 2000, and the Carnegie Museum of Art and Associate Artists of Pittsburgh Milone Painting Award in 1997. In addition, her work is included in the Columbus Museum of Art, OH, the Morris Museum of Augusta, GA, the Johnson Collection of Spartanburg, SC, the Contemporary Carolina Collection at the Medical University of SC, and the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, OH. She is currently a Professor here at Greenville Technical College teaching drawing, painting and printmaking.