Artist Statement: 2015
My work is as much about removing paint as it is about adding paint
I systematically remove layers of paint in the process of building up the parallel lines in my work. These lines create the frame on which I build the story of each painting.
As thin layers of paint are reapplied, I create the storyline within the work.
I strive to respect the power of the work and to create a language of abstraction with the exploration of color, reduction of forms and triumph of the materials used.
The sensitive precision of the paint creates intense emotions, which are confined by the parallel lines and in these confines, tell a story and suggest aliveness and desires of the soul.
The work has subtle historic references from Rothko, Frankenthaler, and Still as well as appropriating ideas and thoughts from modern masters like Gerhard Richter, Ross Bleckner, and Sean Scully.
Todd Williamson was born in Alabama (’64) and lives and works in Los Angeles. He has a BA from Belmont University in Nashville Tn ('88) and has studied at Cal State and UCLA. He was awarded the Pollock Krasner Foundation Award Grant in 2010, Best Foreign Artist Bluduemila Sporte & Arte Italy, and has received numerous other awards and honors. He has exhibited extensively both in the United States and internationally with such luminaries as Ed Rusche, Jenny Holzer, Joe Mancuso, Mie Olise, Donald Lipske, Ed Moses, Chuck Close, and most recently with Robert Ryman.
In November Todd was honored with the inclusion of his work “Mercy” into the permanent collection of the Pio Monte della Misericordia where it hangs next to the museum’s Caravaggio.
Artist Statement: 2011
A light wave that is vibrating or existing in more than one plane is unpolarized light.
George Billis Gallery LA
April 6 – May 18, 2013
This show is an ongoing exploration of light, gesture, and space. It is my attempt at painting the vibrations of color and emotion and for showing the passive and masculine in the horizontal and vertical planes in fields of colors and gestures.
With “Unpolarized Light”, I am trying to create a body of work that wholly represents all of who I am, the strength of the vertical planes and the passive calm of the horizontal. The anger and passion of the deep movements of color and the calm, tranquil, sexual nature of the lines as they move up the canvas.
Each piece, as represented by its title, reflects a moment in what I see in the world around me. It is as Marco di Mauro stated his essay on the work, “the visible perception of emotions on canvas”.
As much paint is removed from the work as is applied. It is removed methodically and carefully to bring out the greatest texture and movement and then reapplied to achieve the final vision.
I react to the influences of such great artists as Rothko, Frankenthaler, and Richter in that little nuances in their master works implore me to greater depths and deeper chasms.
I see the chaos and the uncertainty that exists in the art world and with the use of my textured, parallel lines I attempt to control this chaos. Chaos surrounds us in everyday life. Each time we turn on the news we are inundated with more and more unsettling actions and happenings. My lines help me to lay all that I see out in a readable manner, like the way an ancient fresco is read by a scholar. Each movement, color, gesture, tone, and vibrancy in the work is deeply symbolic and can be read by each person that stands in front of the work and looks into the depths that exist there.
Unpolarized Light: "Light emitted by the sun, a lamp, or by a candle flame is unpolarized light. Such light waves are created by electric charges that vibrate in many directions, thus creating a wave that vibrates in many directions. Unpolarized light has a wave that has half its vibrations in the horizontal plane and half in the vertical plane."
"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. 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 this reverberating horizon exists the universality of human experience, and the individuality of the personal."
Wade Wilson Art, Houston Texas 2013