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Duane Reed Gallery
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Griff Williams

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Griff Williams is a San Francisco based fine artist whose paintings have been exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide, and his work has been reviewed in Art in America, Flash Art and Artnet.com. Williams’ methodology involves an elaborate paint by number process he reinvented.  Each segmented area of the composition is assigned to a specific color, a palette professionally mixed to replicate the distinctive colors in a 1950’s Color Craft paint by numbers set. The hand-made application involves repeated layers of poured transparent resin and stenciled enamel shapes.  Intially, this meticulous process is belied by the graphic flatness and slick surfaces of the work, which may seem manufactured or igital. Williams presents an extravagant visionary experience, a blend of the material and the optical. This calculated echnique speaks to us of setting aside the romanticism of the past. “At the heart of all my paintings is the landscape as I grew to know in Montana. I use the land as a subject and metaphor. There is a centuries old tradition of mythologizing the land in both painting and photography. My work has sought to address this.”

"I’ve been a long admirer of dutch still life painting. But, also for the traditions of using flowers as a symbol of appreciation and well wishing. With the Assertion series I wanted to create two still life paintings, one that redacted the other. I start by painting a still life on canvas that references a dutch painting. That painting is then covered with resin and a new abstracted vase of flowers is painted with poured enamel. The lattice patterns and poured vase shapes obscure the previous painted image. This, for me has become a metaphor for growing and aging. I like the idea of a painting foregrounding a variation of itself."

1993 MFA, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
1989 BFA, University of Montana, Missoula, MT
1986 Yale Summer Arts Program,Yale University, New Haven, CT

2016   Art Market San Francisco, Duane Reed Gallery, St. Louis, MO 
2014   Palm Springs Fine Art Fair, Duane Reed Gallery, St. Louis, MO 
2013   SCOPE-Miami, Duane Reed Gallery, St. Louis, MO 
2012   Duane Reed Gallery, St. Louis, MO
2010   "Griff Williams: it's not down on true places never are", Missoula Museum of Art, Missoula, MT
           "Griff Williams: it's not down on true places never are", Yellowstone Art Center, Billings, MT
           Turner Carrol Gallery, West Contemporary group show
2009   Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL
2008   "Nothing Exists in Itself", Stephen Wirtz Gallery
2005   Andrea Schwartz Gallery, San Francisco, CA
           Oakland Art Gallery, Oakland, CA
           The Suburban, Chicago Illinois
           Art Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico
           Crocker Museum of Art, Monterey, CA
2004   Crocker Museum of Art, Sacramento, CA
2003   Andrea Schwartz Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2002   San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA
           San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA
2001   Galerie Claude Deby, Brussells, Belgium
1999   New Langton Arts, San Francisco, CA
           White Columns, New York, NY
1998   Rocket Gallery, London
           Galerie Claude Deby, Brussells, Belgium
1997   Lutz Tuetloff Gallery, Berlin, Germany
           Hermetic Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
1995   Multiples Gallery, San Francisco, CA
           Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
           TRI Gallery, Hollywood, CA
           Foxley Leach Gallery, Washington, DC
           Victoria Room, San Francisco, CA
1994   Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute
           Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
           Works/San Jose Radius 1994, San Jose, CA
           Southern Exposure, Drawing First, San Francisco
1993   “At Odds” WPA, Washington, D.C.
           Walter McBean Gallery, San Francisco, CA
           Holter Museum, ANA, Helena, Montana


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