"The gallery Stenzel is not really for abstract realism, informal or color surface painting, but the work of Todd Williamson impressed me, and I thought 'I'm trying'," says Jürgen Stenzel. He is one of the first gallery owners in Germany to exhibit the paintings of American artist Todd Williamson. An art agency had presented the works of the painter, who had been much-respected in the United States for several years, at Art Cologne, where they convinced Jürgen Stenzel. The musical-mathematical poetry of Todd Williamson's paintings inspired the vernissage audience alike.... One of the special features of the paintings by Todd Williamson is the linearly structured image surface. "I use lines to control the colors, because they do not act aggressively, even when they are particularly bright and powerful," explains Williamson. Said lines are, however, not to be understood as incorporating a contrasting or striking grid, but rather the artist forms it through the application and removal of innumerable color layers by means of its special doctor blade technique. Thus, despite their relief-like elevation, they are not indistinguishable from the actual coloring of the image, but appear only as an ordering structure. The different color areas, however, sit like music notes on and between the lines, or form a kind of lasting fundamental tone, which runs over the whole picture. Williamson also fixes rhythmic aspects in this way in his paintings and thus paints music. This individual approach becomes particularly evident through the biography of the artist, who had studied music before he turned to painting. He likes to collaborate with composers whose musical works he uses on the canvas in rhythmic color compositions. "It is a common process, I visualize parts of a piece of music, and the resulting pictures inspire the composer to further arrangements." Thus the painting cycle in Seefeld is a composition by Greg Walter entitled "Polifonia di un Paesaggio "and was first shown in Naples in November 2015.... In 1964 he was born in Cullman, a small town in Alabama, studied Todd Williamson at the University of Belmont and now lives in Los Angeles, where he is also chairman of the West Hollywood Arts and Culture Committee. In the USA his works were shown together with works by well-known artists such as Ed Ruscha, Jenny Holzer and Laddie John Dill. He has received several awards as an artist, including the renowned "Pollock Krasner Foundation Award" in 2010. His works are found in many international private collections as well as state museums. The exhibition entitled "Sounds of Painting" can be seen in the Stenzel Gallery, in the courtyard of Seefeld Castle, until Sunday, May 14, Thursdays to Sundays, from 1 pm to 6 pm.
Excerpt from article:Full review on link. "Equanimity is defined as mental calmness, composure, and evenness of temper. It is the perfect way to describe the feeling one might expect when viewing Todd Williamson’s work. Given the environment the artist works in, the hustle and bustle of the Los Angeles metropolitan area, 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. We thoroughly enjoy viewing Williamson’s work and his roster of exhibitions tells us we are certainly not alone in our admiration of his work. Williamson is the consummate working artist, seemingly never on pause, and always pushing his limits, both professionally and creatively. It is both reassuring and intensely motivating to listen to him discuss art and his process. We certainly encourage our readers to look for his exhibit nearest you, and witness Williamson’s work and vibrant energy for yourself. Without further adieu…ladies and gentlemen, meet West Hollywood-based artist Todd Williamson."
Recent reviews: La Repubblica: "Todd Williamson Between Music & Painting" by Mario Nicola Franco "Art1307 inaugurated the exhibition by Todd Williamson titled "Polyphony of a Landscape", edited by Cynthia Penna. The great utopia on the synthesis of the arts, painting that inhabits the space, and the music that develops over time, through the twentieth century from the collaboration between Arnold Schönberg and Wassily Kandinsky in 1911, up to the experiments of "Fluxsus" in 60's. Without speaking of the Futurists brothers Corradini, who composed "Symphony of colors" experiments with multicolored lights. The uniqueness and originality of the cooperation between the pictorial work of Williamson and musical compositions of Greg Walter, which has left the exhibition, it is to put on canvas the melody of sound, while the music translates agreements with the pictorial and musical phrases."
Dazeba News: Written by Rita Ricci Saturday, 12 December 2015 19:07Art becomes melody "Polyphony of a landscape" "Poly-sensory experience awaits, of rare beauty and completeness. Williamson is a multifaceted artist, who manages to combine art with the melody and movement of the music, because of his deep knowledge of music, the subject of his studies at Belmont University in Tennessee, where he made an artistic collaboration with composer Greg Walter, which results in the original notes, his brush strokes depending on the intensity and strength of the stroke. The result is the interplay between vibrant canvases of pathos and other harbingers of harmony:
QD Napoli: Todd Williamson @ the Museo Pio Monte della Misericordia "Williamson's works are permeated by a powerful dynamism, which is expressed through the choice of colors. With clever use of the technique oil on canvas, Williamson lights the scenes, which lead beyond the vanishing points of the canvas. This, according to many, is perfectly suited to dialogue with the paintings of the '600 (the number of artworks in the Pio Monte's permanent collection) and, therefore, with the artistic choices of Caravaggio. For this reason, Williamson's "Mercy" will be placed before the work of the immortal pioneer of Lombardy, in order to encourage the visitor to a dialog between the two paintings, Caravaggio's and Williamson's."
"Mercy" by California painter Todd Williamson @ Pio Monte della Misericordia Diario Partenopeo Nov 2015 Museo Pio Monte della Misericordia in collaboration with ART1307 presents, "Mercy" by California painter #Todd Williamson . The painting was inspired by Caravaggio's "Seven Works of Mercy" and will become part of the permanent contemporary art collection of the Pio Monte. Williamson creates abstract works full of light and movement that interact seamlessly with the works of the '600 Neapolitan artists and in particular with the Caravaggio, of which Williamson is a great scholar and lover. "Mercy" will be displayed at the Pio Monte, opposite to the work of the master Caravaggio."
Art-to-Art Palette Journal "Art Disciplines Join As One"By Tony ClarkChevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. ''Like a magician, Todd Williamson has harnessed light and sound onto his new body of works. As Kandinsky interrupted Jazz and Caravaggio mastered light in their paintings, artist Williamson has brought both worlds together.''
La Repubblica Newspaper "Todd Williamson Between Music and Painting" by Marco Franco Nov 28, 2015 "The great idea in the synthesis of the arts, painting that inhabits the space, and the music that develops over time, came first in the twentieth century from the collaboration between Arnold Schönberg and Wassily Kandinsky in 1911 up to the experiments of "Fluxsus" in 60's. The uniqueness and originality of the cooperation between the pictorial works of Williamson and musical compositions of Greg Walter, all part of the exhibition, is to put on canvas the sounds of the melody , while the music translates the colors, lines, and tonalities in the art."
The Pickwick: "Polyphony of a Landscape" How Close can Painting and Music Touch? by Roberta Andolfo Nov 2015 "The group of experiments of the interaction between visual art and music, can be considered commendable, have reflected on the subject by examining different points of view, exploring from time to time the reactions of two different "sense" stimuli so different and yet in some ways similar. In this "way" they are woven together and repeated from one medium to another. Miro was imprinted by his friends music and some of his sketches became the elusive touch segmented sounds that followed, while Kandinsky was able to modulate the rhythm to capture the plans and the elements present in space, caught only by the perception of the human eye, as well as any orchestra conductor directing the development of the sound contributions of each musician. In our day, the example of two American academics, the American painter Todd Williamson and composer and longtime friend, Greg Walter, is that of a partnership designed on the cutting of ' interference ."
Racna Magazine "Todd Williamson, Polyphony of a Landscape" in Villa di Donato, Painting and Listening". Nov 2015 The concept of music is both complex and simple: if one side is completely indescribable, the other can be made with a thought, a word, and sometimes with a trace of color on a canvas. If the Lebanese poet Khalil Gibran wrote that music teaches us to see and hear with the ear with the heart, the American artist Todd Williamson decided to express what he sees and what he feels through his medium, painting. Williamson and Walter have therefore initiated a common path, in search of the visible spectrum of the sound waves of music and painting . From their collaboration and their work triggered a series of large paintings and a symphony, which took the name of Polyphony of a Landscape
Departures Magazine Creations for a Cause by Paul Wheatley February 13, 2013 “This year, local artists, complemented by a handful of more internationally known ones, designed the guitars on display. A good contrast is provided by artist Todd Williamson’s acrylic on fibreglass British Invasion guitar, which the artist created as a celebration of the influence British musicians and bands have had on “rock and roll and the Sunset Strip”.