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Felton Williams

 

BIOGRAPHY:

Felton Williams was born in Unadilla, Georgia in January 1976. He grew up in an impoverished, Southern Georgia farming community until he was about 17 years old; during this time he witnessed many of his family members and friends lose the majority of their farmlands to drought, and with that, their means of survival. It was this painful experience that Williams credits as his emotional influence that can be seen through his works.

Williams’ mother was a painter of rural southern landscapes, so naturally he began painting at a very young age, imitating his mother's style closely. She encouraged him to discover his own style and to find his own way of expressing emotion through his paintings. He enrolled in as many art classes as he could until he graduated high school, after which, he decided to travel for a few years. In 2003 he returned to the South and enrolled at the University Of Tennessee School Of Art.

Entering an exciting new stage of artistic experimentation, Williams explored collage, abstract mark making and composition. He cites a mix of pop, classical, abstract styles with themes leaning toward social issues, global tragedy and movement. His primary influences are Rauschenberg, Warhol, Basquiat, and Klimt. Williams believes "that great art doesn't have to be a long process, it only has to be a truly believed concept. Visual art needs only to invoke feelings, emotion and inspiration."
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