Julian Williams (b. 1960)
Julian Williams attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, earning a BFA and MFA in Painting and Drawing. He has been an adjunct art instructor at South Suburban Community College and currently teaches at Columbia College Chicago and the Hyde Park Art Center. He has exhibited extensively in solo, two-person and group shows, including Chicago State University’s President’s Gallery, Governors State University, the Chicago office of the Cook County Commissioner, Chicago Cultural Center, Blanc Gallery, the Hyde Park Art Center and South Suburban Community College, among others. In 2011 he was included in Seven Strong Revisited at the Noyes Cultural Center in Evanston, IL. His grants and awards include the 1998 Heilman – C Graduate Student Award at the School of the Art Institute, the 1997 McCormick Place Art Purchase Award and the 1993 Community Arts Assistance Program Award from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs. His work is included in Producing Local Color: Art Networks in Ethnic Chicago and other publications.
My recent body of work is paintings of landscapes created from memory and imagination. I find myself in a constant battle of trying to achieve mental and physical space. These paintings are a testament of dealing with issues of my own personal space. They are intentionally made without any trace of human existence with a palette that gives off sort of a lunar feeling as if not of this world. What is exciting about this series of paintings is that they are still at the point of evolving, so they are in this metamorphosis stage and I do not know what I am going to end up with.