Antony Williams ‘In stillness – Life’



‘Williams’ art is as closely observed as the 1930s nudes of Stanley Spencer or the early work of Lucian Freud, with similar intensity – and, like Freud, Williams avoids working from photographs. The great strength of his work is that this exactitude of observation and technique still allows for complex emotional responses, with meaning being reserved and implicit.’ – Ivor Braka

In stillness – Life presents portraits produced by contemporary figurative artist, Antony Williams, from 2000 until 2022. The exhibition showcases two distinct series – portraits of his models over time and the portraits of his landlady Margaret Robinson. The series of paintings of Margaret Robinson, produced over a period of sixteen years, have been assembled from private collections for the exhibition and are displayed together for the first time.

Together with this series, portraits from 2009 until the present are on view. These include a new group of intimate portraits painted by Williams over the last year featuring sitters that he has previously painted, for example ‘Caroline’ who he first painted in 1997 and ‘John’ in 2004, alongside a new model ‘Alice’ not previously painted.




Antony Williams

[ 1964
- Present ]
Williams works almost exclusively in egg tempera – a painstaking, exacting medium in which egg is used instead of linseed oil as the binding medium. He trained at Farnham College of Art and Portsmouth University and is a member of the New English Art Club, the Royal Society of Portrait Painters and the Pastel Society.

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