Photograph by Venitia Dearden
Liz Hodgkinson writes...
An Alex Williams painting is always easy on the eye, and has a vibrancy and freshness which often belies the considerable skill involved in its execution.
Alex depicts agricultural landscapes with a cool, painterly appraisal which may include such scenes of modern life as abandoned tractors, rusting cars and rubbish tips. There is no nostalgia or 'Hay Wain' sentimentality there, and unlike most landscapes, which tend to be serious, solemn depictions of the countryside, Alex's rural and farm scenes usually include a touch of wry humour, something playful to make you smile.
His figures - and particularly his delicate studies of girls and women - are painted with true love, not just of the subject but of the effect of colour and light, background and foreground. And if you look closely, you will find a story, a narrative, there. He paints animals with the equal delight that he gives to humans, and his houses and other dwellings often seem to be living, breathing beings.
Over the years, Alex's versatility has extended to printing T-shirts, designing greetings cards, producing colourful designs for a china company, and establishing a successful design and print studio. But although he has enjoyed considerable success in the commercial world, his first - and last - love has always been in painting rather than commerce. He now says that release from market constraints has freed his imagination and enabled his art to deepen and develop in a new way.
Influences apparent are those of Peter Blake, his teacher at St Martin's School of Art, Picasso and the Cubists and also Duncan Grant. But they are only a glancing influence; Alex makes his subjects truly his own, so that although his art is continually changing, evolving and moving on, his paintings remain as recognisable as ever. An uncommon lightness of touch informs all his work and as he becomes steadily more confident of his own vision, this delicacy is increasing.