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John Williams

John Williams

Other (School of Fine and Applied Arts, Graphic Design , 1987)

View VIDEO above where John Williams photographs Edward Lucie-Smith for his portrait.  Both sitter and artist give insight to their relationship to one another and to the process of portrature itself.

John Williams uses traditional oil paint and canvas to accomplish his detailed depictions of people and still lifes.  Portraiture is his speciality.

His aim is to suggest a world of detail in a quiet, graceful and peaceful image.  Photographs are the starting point.  They are used to capture and study the fleeting details and the amazing architecture of the body or object.  John's style is very realistic yet the results offer a natural, organic look.

Since 2010 John's portraits and paintings have been repeatedly accepted in juried competitions and open exhibitions including the Royal Society of Portrait Painters annual exhibition.

In 2013 he was awarded first prize for his portraiture at the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists Portrait Prize exhibiiton and in 2015 was highly commended.

His portrait of art historian, critic and writer, Edward Lucie-Smith was selected to be included in the BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery in London, a most prestigious international portrait painting competition.

He became an associate member of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists in 2016.

John is always happy to discuss any requirements for commissioned work.  His portraits focus on the character and dignity of the sitter and his paintings are generally contemporary and uncluttered in appearance.

For John life is in the detail.

68 × 88 × 5 cm
  • £6,000.00
65 × 85 × 5 cm
  • £8,000.00
73 × 118 × 5 cm
  • £7,000.00
72 × 56 × 5 cm
  • £8,900.00
45 × 35 × 4 cm
  • £3,800.00
79 × 69 × 3.5 cm
  • £8,500.00
56 × 96 × 3 cm
  • £8,500.00
70 × 55 × 4 cm
  • £8,500.00
71 × 107 × 3 cm
  • £8,000.00


Jan 2015-Mar 2015    Group Show, Library Members Club, St. Martins Lane, London Dec 2014-Apr 2015    BP Portrait Award, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh Oct-Nov 2014               BP Portrait Award, Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens, Sunderland June-Sept 2014           BP Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery, London April 2014                     Arts Depot Open Exhibition, Arts Depot Althrop Gallery, London August 2013                Cork Street Open Exhibition, Cork Street Gallery, London  July-Sept 2013            Arts Depot Open, Arts Depot Althrop Gallery, London July-Aug 2013             Royal Birmingham Society of Arts Portrait Award, RBSA Gallery, Birmingham, First Prize Winner May 2013                      Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London Aug 2012                     Cork Street Open Exhibition, Cork Street Gallery, London Aug 2012                     Outside the White Cube, Celebration of Sport, Bermondsey Project Space, London, Grand Prize winner Aug-Sept 2012            DegreeArt, 20:12 Olympic Portraits, Execution Room, London Aug 2011                      Cork Street Open Exhibition shortlist, Cork Street Gallery, London Sept. 2010                   Real Broadgate, Broadgate Circle, London


RBSA Portrait Prize Exhibition Royal Birmingham Society of Artists Winner Thu, 08/20/2015
RBSA Portrait Prize Exhibition Royal Birmingham Society of Artists Winner Sat, 08/10/2013
Celebration of Sport Outside The White Cube Winner Sat, 08/18/2012


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Art of England Cork Street Helps Artists and Homeless Thu, 11/01/2012

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