Saturday, April 26, 2014

Exhibition: “Now and Coming Time” A One-Day Symposium to celebrate Aubrey Williams on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at the University of Cambridge — United Kingdom

Aubrey Williams Catalog available at http://www.octobergallery.co.uk/bookstore/
Exhibition: “Now and Coming Time” A One-Day Symposium to celebrate Aubrey Williams on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at the University of Cambridge — United Kingdom; Location: Trinity Ln, Cambridge CB2 1TN, United Kingdom; Telephone: +44 1223 337733
Event Description: “In 2013, courtesy of the trustees of the Aubrey Williams estate and October Gallery, the English Faculty Library at the University of Cambridge installed two paintings by Aubrey Williams (1926-1990). From one of his major series, The Olmec Maya (1985), the paintings Now & Coming Time II and III have acted as a concrete signal of an increase in recognition of the Caribbean and its cultures at Cambridge; their arrival just one of a series of events that have marked an expanded interest in Guyanese and Caribbean arts in Britain since the turn of the century. This one-day symposium seeks to draw on this recent upsurge in attention, both to celebrate the presence of Williams’ paintings at Cambridge and to reflect on the impact of Caribbean artists, in all media, on the world.” Read more — University of Cambridge http://www.english.cam.ac.uk/nct/
About the Artist: “Aubrey Williams was born in Georgetown, Guyana in 1926, and began painting and drawing from the age of five. He joined the Working People’s Art Class whilst still at school, studying under E. R. Burrowes, a man he credited as ‘opening the Guyanese eyes to art’. A trained agronomist, his work took him to the north-west rainforest of Guyana, where he lived for two years amongst the indigenous Warrau people, a period which proved one of the most formative of his life and where, he said, ‘I started to understand what art really is’. . . Williams’ paintings have always resisted classification, evolving through many distinct phases over the course of his career. From immaculately accomplished depictions of birds, to figurations, to explosive, vibrant abstracts, Williams drew influence from abstract expressionism, from Olmec, Maya, and Warrau imagery, from science fiction, from the symphonies and quartets of Russian composer Dimitri Shostakovich, and from artists such as Jackson Pollock, Arshile Gorky, Diego Rivera, Yves Klein and Rufino Tamayo.” Read more — October Gallery http://www.octobergallery.co.uk/artists/williams/
For further information: http://www.english.cam.ac.uk/nct/, https://www.facebook.com/cambridge.university, http://www.octobergallery.co.uk/artists/williams/, http://www.english.cam.ac.uk/nct/?page_id=8, http://www.english.cam.ac.uk/nct/?page_id=71 and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aubrey_Williams. For a slideshow of Aubrey Williams paintings: http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/yourpaintings/artists/aubrey-williams/paintings/slideshow

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