Antony Williams, RP NEAC (b.1964)
Antony Williams studied art at Farnham College and Portsmouth University before embarking on an impressive portfolio of exhibitions internationally. He was elected to the The New English Art Club in 2007, The Pastel Society in 2007, and the Royal Society of Portrait Painters in 1996. He has featured in the Laing Art Competition Exhibition, BP Portrait Award Exhibtion, the Discerning Eye Competition, the Hunting Art Prize Exhibition, the Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize, and most recently in the Threadneedle Figurative Prize. His work was selected for the Great Britons, Treasures by the National Gallery, London and he exhibits annually at the Royal Academy. He has shown frequently in America and Europe. His solo shows span Barcelona, Madrid and London.
Williams has won international recognition winning the Carroll Foundation Award in 1991 and 1995, the Ondaatje Award in 1995, The Discerning Eye Award for Still Life in 1998, the Arts Club Prize 2004 and 2008, and the Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize in 2007. His work is held in Private Collections in England, the Republic of Ireland and the USA, including the National Portrait Gallery, the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, and Queen’s College Oxford. His commissions include The Queen, Amartya Kumar Sen and Sir Alan Budd.
Williams’ works almost exclusively in egg tempera, which can be a painstaking and exacting medium but one which allows him to “Express a feeling I have about the look of the world.” All his work is the product of direct and intense observation, which can produce as a result a heightened sense of realism, where every surface detail is given almost equal consideration.