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Walker – Aubrey Williams: Atlantic Fire

aubrey_totemicbird-100Aubrey Williams: Atlantic Fire
15 January – 11 April 2010

An exhibition of paintings by the renowned Guyanese artist Aubrey Williams. The exhibition includes a selection of Williams’ vibrant large scale oil paintings. Exploring an eclectic range of inspiration from Mayan motifs to the work of composer Russian Shostakovich, his work is intensely alive with colour and motion.
Aubrey Williams is an important modern artist whose paintings resist classification.
They include influences and elements as diverse as American abstract painting, Amerindian and Mayan symbols, and the music of Shostakovich. Williams’ work reflects the meeting of Atlantic and black Atlantic cultures in Europe, the Caribbean, North America and the Americas.

Aubrey Williams was born in 1926 in Georgetown, Guyana, in the Caribbean. Aged 20 he moved from the city to live and work amongst the indigenous Warrau people in the north west rainforest of Guyana for two years. This marked the beginning of his unique artistic vision. In his own words, “I started to understand what art really is”.

Williams came to London in 1952. From 1958 he exhibited widely winning awards and high acclaim. He was a founder member of the Caribbean Artists Movement sharing its vision of a self-confident post-colonial world in which artists could find their own self-expression.

The Aubrey Williams exhibition is part of the Black Atlantic season. In association with the October Gallery, London.

Venue details

Aubrey Williams, ‘Totemic Bird’, (1978)
© Estate of Aubrey Williams, All Rights Reserved DACS.