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Fiona J. Williams Untitled, 2019

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Gallery Sorelle Sciarone

Voorschoten, Netherlands

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Fiona J. Williams, Untitled
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Informations about this artwork
  • Medium

    Painting : acrylic

  • Dimensions cm | inch

    35.8 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch

  • Support

    Painting on canvas on stretcher

  • Framing

    Not framed

  • Type

    Unique work

  • Authenticity

    Work sold with an invoice from the gallery
    and a certificate of authenticity

  • Signature

    Hand-signed by artist

  • About the artwork

    Artwork sold in perfect condition

    Her face and background are indistinguishable. That faint, pencil sketch outlining the left side of the face and neck adds a slight definition to what is almost unclear to see. Typically, a portrait might have a composition where the face is centred in the middle, defined by an invisible border. However, this subject’s face has been spread wide across the canvas, blended together with various colours (black, blue, grey, red, brown and pink), used to highlight the different structures of her face such as the cheeks which have a stripe of pink and white that you could get from using a makeup blush and highlighter. The wavy, zig-zag stroke of the brush on canvas adds a touch of blurriness like there was a soft puff of smoke that the subject emerged from.

    The left side of the face has more distinction compared to the right side, which almost disappears in the background. A light source like you would get from a reflector in photography to bounce backlight, hits all the contours of the face where it reflects it, such as the chin, bridge of the nose, and the top side of the left cheek. The white acrylic paint casts definition to that part of the face, bringing it forward in a 3D-esque way. Her pupils have that spinning effect like a cartoon character that has been hypnotised. Another curious thing is the red tones that have been used in the painting. Is it a matter of stylistic choice from the artist to add some colour to the dark portrait? Or does the use of red have a deeper meaning?

    This impressionist work of art is part of Fiona’s ‘Faces and Feelings’ series.
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Fiona J. Williams

United Kingdom Born in: 1975

Fiona J. Williams has a B. A. Textile Design – Central St Martins. Art Foundation – Reading College of Art and Design. She has been a dedicated painter since 2018.

Fiona is the youngest of seven children. She was born in a town just outside London; her parents are originally from Jamaica. She grew up in a very creative household, surrounded by fabrics, sewing machines, leftover paint, pens and paper. Her mother was a highly skilled Designer Maker. From this creative household, most of her elder siblings became artists; writers, painters and designers. 

After completing her degree, she worked in various roles, including for a gallery that sold antique textiles and pre 1960's vintage clothing, a property renovation company, a bespoke rug designer and an interior designer. Deciding to resume painting 2018, which has been her main artistic passion since then.

Fiona's art looks at a lot of expressionist and portrait painters. Like Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, Lois Mailou Jones, Edvard Munch, Amadeo Modigliani and Egon Schiele, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Frida Kahlo. We see a lot of each of these artists influence in her work. But she also intertwines different visuals from our collective consciousness, like Byzantine and Christian themes with this well-versed art knowledge in her paintings.

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