Artist- Todd Williamson
Todd did his undergraduate work at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, where he was Fine Arts major. Very early in his life he realized that he could not isolate visual art from other media and influences in his life. Using as a base he created paintings using a preparation of various base colors. His technique uses a straight edge created from the oil paint creating lines of distinction that signify his distinct style. These equi-spaced lines can be bars for music or lines waiting to be filled with words that will communicate the universality of arts. Then he comes back in to ‘pull the sounds from the compositions’. This was the body of work that set the style for his first solo exhibition/performance." by Cynthia Penna
"My work has been described in many ways but my favorite was, “Incredible light that comes from the soul of the artist can be seen and felt like violence presented calmly yet explicitly in the work of Todd Williamson. A violent calm that seethes beneath the surface with sexual tension and understanding.” - Todd Williamson
Todd Williamson has been awarded a Pollock Krasner Foundation Award Grant 2010/2011, two Artslant International Showcase Award, Curator's Choice Award from the Micro Museum, Brooklyn NY, and most recently an Artistic Merit Award from the City of Naples, Italy. He is an Arts Commissioner for West Hollywood and on the Board of Directors for the National Aids Monument.
He was a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome '01, the Skopelos Foundation for the Arts '06 (Greece), the International School '08 (Venice Italy), and Louise Bourgeois' artist salon in 2008. He has exhibited extensively both in the US and internationally. He has shown with Ed Rusche, Jenny Holzer, Joe Mancuso, Mie Olise, Donald Lipske, Ed Moses, Laddie John Dill, and Chuck Close.
Todd's work has been seen in over 80 exhibitions worldwide. He is an arts commissioner for the city of West Hollywood
His awards include a Pollock "Prize for Creativity" 2019, Pollock Krasner Foundation Award Grant 2011/12, Best Foreign Artist Bluduemila Sporte & Arte Italy, Artistic Merit Award Art 1307, and 2 Artslant Abstract Showcase Awards.
International & domestic press, includes Articentric, La Repubblica Newspaper (Italys national newspaper), Art to Art Palette, Art & Living, Racna Magazine, the Pickwick, Huffington Post, West Hollywood Magazine, Departures, Fabrik, & more.
TODD WILLIAMSON was listed as one of the "Artists to Watch" and Art to Art Palette called him an "Artist of Many Dimensions". Compared to Kandinsky by Italian art critic and historian Marco Di Mauro for his exhibition "Polifonia di un paesaggio" by curator Cynthia Penna. Williamson's works have a “musicality that has been evident ever since his early works: His paintings seem to vibrate, and the rendition of this optical/visual vibration immediately evokes a musical vibration. The borders of color fields are never clear or rigidly determined: They move and vibrate before the eye. His work evokes an overwhelming sense of inner calmness. The colors are intensely balanced, the lines all but reflect the pulse of the viewer…soft and long when relaxed and subdued, while short and energetic when pulsing with the rhythm of life."