Kent Williams “How Human Of You”
Romantique, 2014, Oil on canvas, 48 x 48 inches (on the top)
With a storied and even legendary career behind him that has seen notable forays into the illustrated word and the graphic novel, Kent Williams has maintained a passionate relationship with drawing and the ways it directly informs painting, which he sees as the premier medium of artistic production. Acknowledging the grand history of painting and the importance it still plays to this day in the ways we see ourselves, Williams has long considered the human figure to be the obvious vehicle to represent the human condition.
For his first solo exhibition with the gallery, Kent Williams has propelled his dexterity with painterly mark-making beyond concerns of spatial realism and the human figure into the viscerally abstract. During the last years the artist is transitioning towards abstract works. Though the artist has not completely abandoned his idiosyncratically representational elements for this show, certain examples of total abstraction will be present in this exhibition by Williams for the first time.