“Track and Soul: the Intersection of Velocity and Introspection is the dual exhibit for Todd Williamson and Andreas Somogyi, opening with an artist reception Saturday, November 11, from 5pm until 7pm at Nicole Longnecker Gallery, 1440 Greengrass. Dr. The artists will be in attendance and the exhibit runs through January 6, 2024.
“Track and Soul” is an exploration of contrasts and harmonies. It questions the boundaries between the silent strength that Williamson’s abstract pieces exude and the roaring momentum in Somogyi’s artworks. The exhibition seeks to bridge the gap between the introspective nature of abstract expressionism and the raw, tangible emotions of the automotive world. It’s an invitation for viewers to move between moments of quiet contemplation and pulsating narratives.
The exhibition is set to engage audiences on multiple levels in a holistic, immersive experience. These spaces prompt the visitor to reflect, resonate, and even reinterpret the myriad themes present. “Track and Soul” is not just an exhibition—it’s a journey. By intertwining the profound depth of Todd Williamson’s abstract art with Andreas Somogyi’s vehicular dynamism, it promises to be a space where art becomes the language of both the soul and the senses, echoing the multifaceted rhythms of life itself.
“We are very excited to pair an artist with a long, important career beside an emerging artist,” said gallery owner Nicole Longnecker. “Todd is a traditional abstractionist with pieces in museum collection world-wide, while Andreas is an automotive-based impressionist just beginning to make a splash. I found the fact both artists are from Southern California adds to the contrast.”
TODD WILLIAMSON Todd Williamson was born and raised in Cullman, Alabama. In 1984 he began his artistic career with art and music study a Belmont University with a BA in 1988. In the following year, Williamson moved to California and studied at California State University, and UCLA, working towards his MFA. Since 2004, Williamson lives and works in West Hollywood, CA.
Williamson has exhibited extensively in both the United States and abroad. He was twice awarded by the Pollock-Krasner Foundation; for Creativity in 2019 and an Award Grant in 2010. Among other awards were the Artists Special Recognition-Art Non Stop International Film Festival (Buenos Aires), an Icon Award-Los Angeles Beverly Arts, Special Mention Award MAVV Museum, Bluduemila Associazione Sport & Arte – Best Foreign Artist (Naples, Italy), the ART 1307 Istituzione Culturale – Artistic Merit Award, (Naples, Italy), and the Artslant International – Abstract Showcase Award Winner.
ANDREAS SOMOGYI Andreas Somogyi’s passion for cars began at a very young age, eventually studying fine art at Centennial Academy in Montreal. It was there he discovered his natural talent and creativity for drawing cars. To follow his dreams, he ventured to Southern California where Andreas began a television career with automotive related television shows, including the hit television series “Overhaulin’” with Chip Foose on The Discovery Channel.
Andreas creates both small- and large-scale paintings using his unique expressionist style. This style combines his passion for cars and his artistic talent painting images of a car in motion, capturing the essence of speed. “As it is meant to be”. His paintings portray the raw emotion and movement of vehicles as he sees them, with an element of energy and erratic lines, combining bright colors so the viewer feels like they are in the driver’s seat.”
Reception: November 11, 2023 | 5–7 pm
Nicole Longnecker Gallery (Greengrass Location)
1440 Greengrass Drive
Houston, 77008 Texas
Todd Williamson artist.