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Susan Angharad Williams








"I paint primarily from life. The drawings are derived from many sources - life, photographs, video stills...

My work is intensely figurative. Natural pattern is set alongside patterns made by hand. Abandonment, rituals and bearing witness are recurring themes.

I want the intense stillness of the images and the relationship between the objects to project both harmony and tension. The further tension between three-dimensional space and the flat surface, between spatial forms and linear description is a constant exploration."


Susan Angharad Williams











"Susan Angharad Williams studied at the Royal College of Art under the tutelage of Sir Peter Blake and Donald Hamilton Fraser. During her time at the college she was awarded the ‘Drawing Prize’ and gained a distinction in her degree. She was also considered by tutors as ‘one of the two most outstanding artists of the last twenty years at the college, the other being Kitaj.’

However, Williams chose to step away from the art world and the public eye but never stopped drawing and painting. In 2007, she decided to restart her public art career and entered the ING Discerning Eye Exhibition, Mall Galleries. Williams was chosen from over two thousand artists to win the ING Purchase Prize. Selectors for the prize included Charles Saumarez Smith.

Williams depicts natural forms, including; flowers, seed pods, and skeletal forms, as well as cherished objects she has collected throughout her life. Her choice of subject matter and composition continue to evolve naturally as she focuses on the relationship and tension between objects and the geometry of composition. Williams also plays with the effects of patterning, juxtaposing those that clash or jar with one another to increase the tension of the painting.

Susan Angharad Williams (b. 1943, Glamorgan, South Wales) lives and works in Kent. Williams studied at the Bath Academy of Art, before undertaking her Fine Art Masters at the Royal College of Art in 1969 where she graduated with distinction. In 2007, she won the ING Purchase Prize in the Discerning Eye Exhibition, the Mall Galleries, London. This resulted in her solo show at the ING Bank Headquarters in 2008. Williams’ work is displayed in several public collections including; ING Art Collection, Royal College of Art and Carlisle Art Gallery, as well as several mixed exhibitions including; the Welsh Artist of the Year show, St David’s Hall, Cardiff 2006"


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