About

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Lives and works in Washington, D.C.
b. 1970, Washington, D.C.

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting), San Francisco Art Institute, 1991


SHOWS                                                                                                             

2017  "Wallmountables", DC Arts Center, Washington, D.C.
2015  "Carte Blanche", Adah Rose Gallery, Kensington, Maryland
2014  "Culture Connection", Adah Rose Gallery Pop Up at Eileen Fisher, Chevy Chase, Maryland
2014  "Petite Maison", Adah Rose Gallery Pop Up, Washington, D.C.
2014  "Abstract April", artdc Gallery, Hyattsville, Maryland
2014  "#WeTweetArt V2.0", artdc Gallery, Hyattsville, Maryland
2014  "Adah Rose Gallery presents Elizabeth Williams", sub*urban trading, Kensington, Maryland
2013  "#WeTweetArt", artdc Gallery, Hyattsville, Maryland
2012  "Elizabeth Williams: Recent Paintings", Baked and Wired, Washington, D.C.
1999  "Group Exhibition", Virgin Atlantic Airlines, Washington Clubhouse, Sterling, Virginia
1998  "A Swingin' Affair WPA/Corcoran Art Auction", Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
1998  "Crosscurrents '98; Pure-View", curated by Kristen Hileman, The Art Gallery at the University of Maryland
1998  "Fresh", Addison/Ripley Gallery, Washington, D.C.
1998  "Painting '98", curated by Holly Block, Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, Virginia
1995  "Spirituality", Mad River Post, New York City
1994  "Group Exhibition", Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, Washington, D.C.
1992   "Access: Elizabeth Williams", Braunstein/Quay Gallery, San Francisco, California
1992   "Group Show", Antonio Conti Gallery, San Francisco, California                                                                                         


COMMISSIONS/COLLECTIONS

2018   Medical facility , Potomac, Maryland

2015   Metro Immediate & Primary Care, McPherson Square, Washington, D.C.
2014   Metro Immediate & Primary Care, Cleveland Park, Washingto,n D.C.
2013   Metro Immediate & Primary Care, Silver Spring, Maryland
2012   Metro Immediate & Primary Care, NOMA/Capital Hill, Washington, D.C.
2007   Private Commission, Washington, D.C.
2006   Gallery Restaurant, Silver Spring, Maryland
2001   Galileo Restaurant, Washington, D.C.
 


AWARDS

Top 10 Finalist, Saatchi Art Showdown Competition: In Living Color, 2013  
Honor Studio, San Francisco Art Institute
Merit Scholarship, San Francisco Art Institute
Windsor and Newton Supply Award, San Francisco Art Institute

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The intimate paintings of Elizabeth Williams express fluidity and chance. Williams works by initiating play between pigment, water and a slick surface of synthetic paper. Rather than direct and labor away the essences of her materials and medium Williams allows color to slide, drizzle, pool and blend into spontaneous compositions. Airiness and space join the element of water in shaping these delicate paintings.

An absolute meaning of Williams' works is ultimately as elusive as the moment in which they were created. Yet imprints of meaning and process are strikingly evident. Swirling stains mark the mingling and melting of skins of color. The sheen of the paper illuminates the paint and it's paths. Williams has momentarily stilled flicker and flow, flame and wave, in her subtle variations on color.

Kristen Hileman (Crosscurrents '98; Pure-View, exhibition brochure)