*Premier Issue, Fall 2014 Pages 94 & 95
*excerpts from the original article by Joshua Stuart
In May ways, Todd Williamson, who grew up in Cullman with a passion for music and theatre, has made a much longer journey from that small Southern town. Even as a young man he dabbled in the arts, but it wasn't until around 1990, after he had moved to LS that he embarked on a serious and successful career as a painter whose work has been on show in Japan, China, Italy, Germany, Korea, and Spain as well as the United States.
Most of his contemporary work is characterized by lines, usually horizontal but sometimes vertical, sometimes waving and sometimes straight.
The lines control the emotion of the work and they give it a framework." Williamson said. "Because of my musical background, its like a staff of music, and I just put my notes on it."
Indeed, a review notes the musical allusions in Williamson's art. "at the epicenter of Todd Williamson's canvas there is an unmentioned but imagined perfect line, representing the similarity, the human-ness in us all, from which a kinetic, emotional pulse resonates," wrote Ken General of Houston's Wade Wilson Art. "This musical pulse, created from Williamson's use of color, texture, line, and space, appeals to and resonates with the reflective viewer, demanding a unique emotional response, just as music would to the ear."
In addition to creating art, Williamson promotes it in his role as an arts commissioner for the city of West Hollywood and as a member of the board of directors for the National Aids Monument to be erected in West Hollywood Park in 2016.
While his creativity has taken him around the world, Williamson seems most at home in his bungalow in West Hollywood an din the small studio in the back yard, where he had to rip a large opening into the wall to extract some of his more monumental works. That's where he works from morning until late afternoon, letting the creative spirit nurtured in his Cullman childhood loose on a canvas that is likely to find its way around the world.
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The Sun America commission is finished and installed in the Sun America building in Century City. 3 of the largest paintings I have done. The large red one is 18 ft wide and 9 ft high. It is in the main lobby as you enter the building. EOP/Blackstone own the building and are my clients. They have been collecting my work for nearly 10 years and are wonderful to work with and very supportive! I am very grateful to have clients like I have!!
The other 2 works are in the elevator banks of the building. The blue one is visable from Avenue of the Stars at night when you drive by.
My next big project is a public art project at the Nashville Airport being installed in September 2014.
As I finish my commission, I have opened my studio doors to friends, clients, curators, etc. I think it is very important that artists take the time to do this and to listen to what is said and how the art is received.
On Monday, Adam Gross from Lapis and Harold Huttas, both very good friends and very versed in the art world did an early morning visit. Adam, a former Moca person, had wonderful insights into how my work has evolved over the years and the importance of works this large to my overall body of work.
Harold, an old school printer (Insight Printing) has worked with some of the greats over the years such as Ellsworth Kelly, Richard Serra, Robert Rauschenberg, to name a few. Harold has visited the studio many times and especially since I started this commission. He was able to see the window replaced with a 10ft door in order to get the giant canvas' in as well and the slow completion of the 3 works.
We talked for an hour or so and then I returned to working on my new group of works.
My point is that studio visits open up a world of possibilities. The conversations always have a life of their own and will usually bring up something that you have been toying with in your own mind. Invaluable, priceless information and a great way to spend your time!
Here are the 2 works for the elevator lobbies at the Sun America bldg. Very difficult to photograph the blue one because it is so large and reflective!
Over the weekend I finished the commission for the Sun America building! This work is 9 ft high x 18 ft wide. It still has some wet spots on it as you can see in the photo! Installation is set for mid- May!
These are the 2 works that will go in the elevator banks of the building. Each work fits into an alcove at the end of the elevator lobby flanked by the elevators on each side.
12 feet high x 8 feet wide.
Thank you to my art reps that made this happen!
A shot of the large work in progress.
This was the beginning. I started with a white gesso base. Built that up with a red acrylic and then used multiple layers of thin oils.
This is the Sun America bldg and the interior wall where the 9ft x 18ft commission will be featured. By the end of today, I will be finished with all 4 paintings!! A few touch-ups and photography and we are ready for installation!
Equity Office Properties owns the Sun America bldg and they are big collectors of my work making these 3 new works #10, 11, & 12. Other works are in several bldg along Wilshire and in Santa Monica.
I have decided to post about my commission for the Sun America Building in Century City as I work on the 3 large canvas'. There will be 2 that are 12 ft h x 6 ft w and 1 that will be 2 panels 9 ft x 9 ft for a 9ft h x 18 ft canvas.
To start the process, I had to remove the window on the South side of my studio and put in a 9.5 ft door! lol Was a great problem because it gave me Southern exposure and much more light while allowing me to work on a much larger scale.
So far, I have the 2 "smaller" works proceeding ahead of schedule and the large painting with 3 layers of base coat. Here are the photos of the progression so far!
April 22, Today I worked on the big painting. When finished it will be 9ft h x 18 ft w. done in 2 panels. So far, I have put 4 coats of thin paint and sanded the work. Tomorrow I will start another layer.
Todd Williamson artist.