ARTSCAPE, New England's Culture Magazine has a story about an innovative way for Galleries to reach new audiences: the POP-UP Gallery. Artist and gallery owner Johniene Papandreas made Gallery Voyeur (Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA) available to a succession of artists this Summer, giving them a wonderful opportunity to showcase their work and interact with the public. John's show and demonstrations are highlighted in the article.
Brio Integrated Theatre sponsored John's Talk and Collage Workshop at Crawford Memorial Church in Winchester, MA, featured in the above video. At this wonderful family focused event, John spoke about his artistic vision and technique and described how he sees his work as a metaphor for his daily life…. making order out of chaos by organizing many disparate elements into a unified and coherent image.
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On April 29, 2015 John's interview with New England Cable News (NECN) was broadcast. The segment also shows John at work in his studio. Here's a link to the episode. Look for the title "Autistic Man Finds Career in Art"
Focus on Autism Spectrum Disorders: Annual Symposium and Art Show Features Winchester Artist John M. Williams
Winchester artist, John M. Williams, announces his participation in an upcoming exhibition that will begin April 1, 2015 and run through April 30, 2015 at Lesley University. The exhibition entitled 3 Artists, including art by Jessica Park and J. B. Finnerty, coincides with the start of Autism Awareness Month and is part of Lesley University’s annual event featuring artists with autism. The opening reception will be held April 11, 2015 from 5-8 pm in the Atrium Gallery. It is free and open to the public. (Graduate School of Education, 1815 Massachusetts Avenue, 2nd Floor)Read More
My most recent work features a portrait of Mahatma Gandhi.Read More
John Williams Fine Art will be appearing in Fort Myers, on January 16, 2015 at 6 p.m. through Friday, February 6th, the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center during Art Walk: The work of John M. Williams. Opening night offers guests the opportunity to see the work of this cut paper collage portrait artist who focuses on historical portraits, such as Lincoln or Lee. Williams’ collages offer insights about the subjects and help tell their interesting stories. At 7 p.m., February 10th, Williams will be appearing at Art Talk Tuesday, offering guests the chance to learn about the inspiration and process behind his exhibited work, and to find out how the process of creation assists him with channeling his energies as an artist who lives with autism. Williams’ work will be exhibited at the Art Center through Tuesday, February 24. The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is located at 2301 First Street, in the downtown Fort Myers River District. For tickets or information, please visit www.sbdac.com or call 239-333-1933.
"The world for me is a chaotic place. Thoughts and images swirl around endlessly in my head. Art allows me to channel my energy, organizing many disparate elements into a unified and coherent image. By marrying my artistic vision with my passion for history, I seek to present a new perspective on my subjects. Their eyes are the focus of my work, usually looking directly at the viewer—something that is hard for me to do in real life. Through exploring the emotions I imagine my sitters felt, I get more in touch with my own," said Williams.
Williams will be discussing his process of starting a piece where he first researches his topics and then creates his portrait collages using hundreds of small pieces of cut paper that collectively bring to life striking subjects full of emotion. Interesting background vignettes that pertain to the subject’s story or topic often surround the portraits. Williams has a special interest in the U.S. Civil War; however, he works with other worldwide historical topics and people such as the War in the Pacific told through the soldier's eyes or the history of Iran told through the eyes of the last Shah. Williams spends significant time researching his subjects in order to better understand their character. This insight is unveiled in his collages such as through the worn face of Lincoln and through the glowing mother's love in Sacagawea.
Williams earned a Bachelor Fine Arts from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell in 2008. He was originally trained as a sculptor but later transitioned to collage. For Williams, working with collage is a metaphor for living with autism. Williams is currently a resident of Massachusetts. His work has been shown in New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C. and New England. He is featured in a new book, Drawing Autism, published by Akashic Books in April 2014.
Dates and times of the exhibit are below.
Opening Night Friday, February 6
6 p.m.-10 p.m.
Exhibit ends on Tuesday, February 24
Art Talk Tuesdays:
Art Talk Tuesday’s are new this season at the art center and offer the audience an in depth look at the exhibiting artist and what inspires the artist to create. This monthly event takes place the first Tuesday following Art Walk.
John M. Williams Talk
Tuesday February 10
7 p.m.-9 p.m.
Admission free for Art Center members
East City Art Reviews: Pieces of History at Art Enables' Off-Rhode Gallery
Imagine stepping back in time to high school history class. If your experience was like mine, you may have encountered droll history books full of lists or monotone lectures. Now imagine what that class could have been like if taught by an art teacher. Read full review!
Huffington Post, April 13,2013
John Williams enters the room in a formal button down blouse, a hefty portfolio tucked under his arm. When he speaks, words tumble out, both his passion and nerves on display without pretense. His eyes light up as he unveils and explains his work, though eye contact is rare. Williams is a collage artist and history buff who has struggled with Asperger's Syndrome throughout his life. Read Full Article!
Winchester Collage Artist Wins First Prize at 17th Annual Art Ability Exhibition
November 14, 2012, WINCHESTER, Mass. -- John M. Williams, a Winchester, MA artist who specializes in fine art collage, has won first prize at this year’s Art Ability Exhibition and Sale. John’s piece, entitled Billy Yank, won the Thomas and Harriet Blank Award for 1st prize in the Works on Paper category. Read full press release.
February 2012 – Reading, Penn. — The Outsider Folk Art Gallery, located on the fifth floor of the Goggleworks Center for the Arts, is pleased to host a new exhibition showcasing artwork by John Williams in it's 504 Annex, First Floor, Goggleworks Center for the Arts. Read full press release.
January 4, 2012, Winchester Star
Winchester artist John M. Williams will display his original collage interpretations of the Civil War in an exhibit at the Winchester Public Library through Jan. 31, 2012. The collages will be on display throughout the library and available for viewing during regular library hours. The public is cordially invited to attend the opening reception on Thursday, Jan. 5 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Library Meeting Room.
Winchester Artist Presents “A New Perspective on The Civil War"
December 15, 2011, Winchester, Mass. -- Local artist John M. Williams will display his original collage interpretations of the Civil War in an exhibit at the Winchester Public Library, January 4-31, 2012. There will be an opening reception on Thursday, January 5 from 7-8:30 pm at the library. Read full press release.
October, 2011, RVA Magazine
The term “Folk Artist” elicits specific qualifiers: untrained, poor, rural, usually Southern, often African-American. This last demographic points to the roots of the American Folk Art tradition, in which practices such as “face jugs” and quilt making were passed down to the descendants of slaves in the South. If there is an agenda to Three-Ring Circus, at the Longwood Center for the Visual Arts through January 6th, it seems to be a reconsideration of what distinguishes Folk Art, as well as a validation of its unique qualities. Read full article!