NIGEL WILLIAMS

Nigel Williams has an MA in Fine Art and is a first-class honours graduate in painting and drawing. He is a lecturer in Fine Art at Gorseinon College of Further Education and is an associate Tutor at Swansea University within the Department of Continuing Education where he teaches painting in oils. He has been featured on HTV Primetime and his work has been shown on S4C arts programmes. Nigel has work in collections in the UK, Australia, Ireland and, more recently, Chicago in the U.S.A.

The M.A. work dealt with formal issues of the oil paint and support within the heading of "Investigations into Visual Atomism", a line of enquiry that stems from Seurat and Pointillism and includes work by Roy Lichtenstein. The manner in which paint is applied creates a wonderful array of marks and intersections between the marks. In the case of palette knife painting this means there are a series ridges and 'walls' between the strokes. It is these areas that have potential to be explored further.

Nigel has exhibited in many of the leading galleries in Wales and his first two solo exhibitions sold out within days of opening. He has recently been invited to exhibit at the 2005 Florence Biennale of Painting and sculpture. Full list of exhibitions is included below.

WORK FOR SALE - PLEASE NOTE: some colour variations may be present due to limitations of reproduction on different monitors.

This page contains some landscape paintings and drawings.
If you would like to view some of Nigel's recent MA explorations of landscape please click here...
NEW...  
Guinness Factory

"Interior of the Guinness Factory, Dublin" 2006 (image size 28.5" x 21". 72 x 53cm) Original Watercolour.
Currently unframed 2007.

£1,750.
Guinness-wall
A photograph of the painting, framed, hanging in situ' and ready to go...(plastic protector can be seen covering the black wood frame).

Free Postage with this original painting (Guinness Factory).
Prints of the painting are available upon request. Please email nigel.williams@welshartsarchive.org.uk for details.

Worms Head

"Worm's Head; Gower" oil on canvas 90cm x 90cm (35.5" x 35.5" unframed size) 2007.

This substantial painting has been produced using a painting knife (the texture is almost good enough to eat) and it is available for delivery.

£2,300 (framed to choice and delivered).

 



 
 
 
 


SPECIAL OFFER
- "Plantasia" 1999 pencil and wash by Nigel Williams.

This drawing was produced for, and exhibited in, the Wales Drawing Biennale in 1999. This is the first time the woprk has been offered for sale on-line. It was exhibited at the Glynn Vivian Gallery, Swansea, Wrexham Art Centre, The Howard Gardens Gallery in Cardiff and the Aberystwyth Art Centre. The drawing is framed and mounted (as shown) and measures 34.5" x 27.25" (actual drawing size = 27" x 20"). The drawing was made from a series of sketches produced on location at Plantasia in Swansea and has been painstakingly rendered over a period of several months. The drawing was further exhibited in a solo exhibiton of work in 2001 and was featured on S4C's Heno programme.

Detail of the drawing...

"Plantasia" is offered for sale at £800 (including delivery to the UK. Import taxes apply to countries outside the UK and quotation for shipping can be obtained at request)

Detail of Plantasia

Illfracoombe
"Illfracoombe" oil on canvas 14"x10"
SOLD



Rain
"Rain over the Giant - Abercraf" Oil on board 16"x12"
SOLD

 

 
Rocks
"Rocks" Brecon Beacons
Pencil & wash 2004

"Rocks" II Pencil & wash 2005
30" x 26.5" framed
SOLD

Above Craig Y Nos
"Above Craig Y Nos" 4' x 3'
Palette knife - Oil on canvas 2004
£2,000 (framed to purchaser's specification)

in situ

above-craig

 

The true dimension of a work are sometimes difficult to imagine. Here you can see the size of the unframed painting set above a fireplace and within the office.

 


Waterfall
"Stream above Dan-yr-Ogof (Breconshire)" Oil on stretched canvas
20" x 24" (unframed size)

SOLD

"Landscape has an important place within the canon of art history and should never be relegated to the lower divisions of contemporary art practice."
Skomer
 
"Skomer from Ramsey Sound" by Nigel Williams. Oil on canvas board 16" x 12" MMIV
SOLD

Although I tend to work with contemporary issues for the most part, I still also love to paint landscapes. From rolling hills to single trees, my only guiding criteria is a sense of personal meaning. Within this page I have a number of paintings displayed from a recent series of work concentrating upon the application of paint using a palette knife. Each painting is richly coated in layers of buttery oil paint applied directly from the tube. This method of working permits immediate response to the subject matter and demands the eradication of superfluous marks and overpainting.

 
   
Caldey
To ignore the importance and influence of landscape drawing and painting within art would be to dismiss the influence of great artists, such as JMW Turner, John Constable, the Impressionists and our own Sir Kyffin Williams RA as 'Sunday painters'.
"Caldey Island from Penally" by Nigel Williams. Oil on canvas board 16" x 12" MMIV
SOLD
 



Pen-y-fan
"Pen-y-fan (Breconshire), from Penwyllt" by Nigel Williams.
Oil on canvas board 24" x 18" (unframed size)
SOLD (private collection)

   

Landscape painting, and palette knife painting, is an extremely liberating and enjoyable experience. Oil paints provide a medium to suit a vast array of styles and techniques, yet demands an understanding of its properties, strengths and weaknesses.

EXHIBITIONS & EVENTS:

1991 - First solo exhibition; Swansea Valley
1991 - Featured HTV ‘PRIMETIME’ arts television programme.
1994 - Second solo exhibition; Swansea Valley.
1994 - Illustrated ‘The First 100’ (Book).
1997 -‘Aspects of Wales (group exhibition) Pontardawe Art Centre.
1999 - ‘Wales Drawing Biennale’ - Wrexham Art Centre; Howard Gardens Gallery, Cardiff; Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea; Aberystwyth Art Centre.
1999 - Ceri Richards Gallery, Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea.
1999 - ‘Watercolour Society of Wales’ Anniversary Exhibition, Newport Museum.
2000 - Washington Gallery, Penarth, Cardiff (Second Year group exhibition).2000 - Pontardawe Arts Centre (Second Year group exhibition Part II)
2000 - August 14th BBC RADIO WALES Interview.
2000 - August - Celtic Exchange Exhibition, Pontardawe.
2000 - August - Swansea Open Exhibition, Glynn Vivian Gallery, Swansea.

2001 - June - The Factory (Swansea School of Art &Design Degree Exhibition), Pontardawe.

2001 - July - Graduated from Swansea School of Art & Design with a First Class (Hons) Degree
in Painting & Drawing).

2001"Blankets, Shawls and Other Comforts"

2001 - Dec 20th - Featured on HENO S4C TV.
2004 - The Attic Gallery Summer Show.
2005 - Selected for shortlisting in the Boundary Road Figurative Art Prize.
2005 - The Attic Gallery Summer Show.


Works in Private and Public Collections:

Works in private collections in UK, Ireland, the USA and Australia.
Work also in the collection of Powys County Council.

 

Perhaps this image best shows the thick layering of paint that the palette knife encourages.

 

"Breconshire Farm" by Nigel Williams. Oil on stretched canvas . 16" x 12" 2004
SOLD

Nigel Williams Tel: +44 (0)1639 842850
Email: nigelwilliams77@tiscali.co.uk