Up Pompeii

Laura Williams
Apr 23 to May 13
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Laura Williams’ exhibition of new works, ‘Up Pompeii’, will be running in parallel with Michael Springer’s ‘The Un-Naming of the Beasts’. Join us for the double exhibition preview Thursday 6.30pm, April 23rd. The show will run from April 24th –May 13th.

Williams’ writes of her own practice:

“My paintings are nearly all still life or of domestic interiors, you could say they are interior monologues. I often jest that they are my version of Andrew Wyeth’s Christina’s World as I generally paint what is within my immediate view: ceramics, wallpaper, fabric, pictures, books and figurines. Lately I have started to include images from my favourite painters and illustrators in my idealized habitats. All my heroes are equal in my pictures: Alcorn resides next to Illingworth, classical Greek art rubs shoulders with recruitment posters and modern masters are consigned to banal suburban settings. The result, I think, is a representation of my cultural capital from childhood to adult.” Her work was recently exhibited at Auckland’s Outsider Art Fair, November 2014.

Laura Williams’ paintings may appear at first glance to be kitsch and decorative, but on closer contemplation they reveal an intricate web of signs and symbols, textures and colour. As the saying goes, the more you look, the more you’ll see, and there is a lot to see. These bright, colourful paintings are well worth spending some time with.