Wild & Free
Artwork by Jennifer Williams. On display July 16, 2019 - August 26, 2019. Please contact Jennifer Williams at 203-545-5600 or email@example.com for more information.
Jen’s botanical compositions take the long standing tradition of flower painting into a new realm. Building on a long history that has led from ancient art through Dutch Still Lifes and Impressionism to the art of today, Jen’s depictions of blossoms and blooms bring joy to the senses.
Upon entering her studio, one is immediately attracted to the life and vibrancy expressed in Jen’s pieces; she has a way of mixing reality with a sense of fantasy that invites the viewer to become immersed in the painting.
The attention to detail in her beautiful botanical works communicates the fullness of life in a very unique way and allows us to appreciate nature as she perceives it, full of movement and light.
Curators: Shekaiba Bennett, Robin Hoffman and Katya Lebrija
As a child living near the Snowy Mountains in New South Wales, Australia, I grew up with wildness: spring flowers full of color and light, changing through the seasons. Later, travelling, I loved the new plants and blooms I found and began at last to paint, en plein air, among them. Today, from my home near Long Island Sound to the Caribbean and Monet’s gardens in Giverny I’m fulfilled, capturing the colors which have been, and certainly still are, such a part of me. I smell the wild scents, hear the rhythms of forests, see the old hues, and the vibrant young colors.
When not painting, I’ve studied physiology and learned and taught human body movement, using practical skill to help and rehabilitate people to more fully use and enjoy their personal worlds. That study and fascination with movement impacts my interaction with nature as I paint. My subjects are never still; they change as my brush moves, in ways common among both people and nature. My flowers, my trees, my ponds and reeds, even cityscapes – they dance!
I need to be IN my paintings – not just describing what I see but participating, taking hold of the colors. Starting with oils and metals, usually brushed silver aluminum, I often begin by layering the paints by hand, to feel, to find the textures. My larger brushes make gestural images of nature. Then I extract, then return with opaque shades and bright spots of color, then texture again, and when it works there is luminosity, landscapes come alive, and they capture my energy.
Williams has a BA in Business and has studied Fine Arts at Parsons School of Design in New York and at Rowayton Arts Center and Silvermine School of Art in Connecticut. Her award-winning work is exhibited and collected in The United States, Europe, Australia and the Caribbean. Her paintings are currently on exhibit in Paris, New York and Connecticut and on long term exhibit at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital, NY.
Jennifer has works permanently on display in the Rene Soto Gallery in CT and DDG Galerie, Paris.