The unique and often-colorful patterning themes in Constance Williams paintings transcend, by linking a multitude of mediums she has worked in, which becomes a rhythmic dialog, endlessly re-imagined; deviations of expanded and contracted elements from previous paintings. A mostly self-taught artist, she is endlessly stimulated to experiment, originate, and employ new ways to use and combine mediums and substrates.
Born in Somerset England, Constance was enamored with all the arts. She was an accomplished pianist and already oil painting by the age of eight. In her teens she excelled in clay sculpture and continued painting. At seventeen she was a film intern in London and majored in art. Her move to the US saw her start an award winning international greeting card company. Her move to Asheville NC in 2004 was the impetus to propel her professional career as a full-time artist. She delved back into clay sculpture with great success. It was her use of waxes on post-fired sculpture that forayed her into painting with encaustic (a wax & resin paint medium) in 2006. In 2015, she introduced alcohol ink onto her encaustic paint medium and then painting alcohol ink onto Yupo paper and aluminum panels.
Constance draws inspiration from originators such as Frankenthaler, Still, and Rothko, among others. Also, the historical legend of Black Mountain College, near her home in Asheville, fostered a strong sense of individuality and creative intensity in the region. The work of its faculty and students revolutionized the arts and science scenes in the second half of the twentieth century. Among the best-known affiliates were Josef and Anni Albers, John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Robert Rauschenberg, Buckminster Fuller, Willem de Kooning, Cy Twombly, Robert Motherwell, Franz Kline, M.C. Richards, Charles Olsen and Jacob Lawrence. Their legacy continues to reverberate and inspire the next art movement in Western North Carolina.
As of December 2016, her 4000 SQ FT studio and salon of her work is located within a 50,000 SQ FT building, called the RAMP studios in Asheville NC, a professional collective of creators and makers, located just North of the River Arts District and the SW perimeter of the University North Carolina Asheville, just minutes from downtown.
EXHIBITIONS // REPRESENTATION
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Sotheby's International Realty, Exhibition "Habitat & Interrelationships" Asheville - 2016-2017
Western North Carolina AIDS Project, Raise Your Hand Gala Signature Piece Winner - 2016
Surface Gallery, Solo Exhibition “Conceal and Reveal” Distillation Series Asheville, NC - 2016
Grove Park Inn exhibition Show2010 thru 2014
Red Sky Gallery exhibition, Charlotte, NC - 2012
The District Gallery exhibit, Knoxville, TN - 2011
River Arts District Annual “Studio and Garden Show” - 2008 - 2012
Hendersonville Arts Council Annual Juried Show - 2007-2011
SHOWTIME Network - Leased paintings for network movies - 2009-10
Odyssey Ceramic Center for Ceramic Arts Annual Exhibit - 2006-08
The AC Hotel, Asheville, NC - 2017
Mission Hospital Asheville, NC - 2016
Mission Hospital Marion, NC - 2014
Mission Hospital Asheville, NC - 2013
SureSite Consulting Group, LLC Cleveland, OH - 2014
Integrative Care Practice, Birmingham, AL - 2014
Carr Law Practice, Asheville, NC - 2013
Duke Energy, NC - 2012-14
Asheville Citizen-Times, AC Hotel Feature - 2016
WNC Woman Magazine, “Artist, Advocate and Animal lover” Feature - 2016
Asheville Citizen-Times, “ Where to Find Art in Asheville” Feature - 2015
PBS Series “Working Studios” broadcast interview - 2012
Wall Street Journal, “Off Duty” Section Interview -2011
Artsee Magazine, “Take Me to the River” Feature - 2011
Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau's tourism campaign, Feature 2011 - 2013
Rapid River Magazine, “Fine Art” Feature- 2010
NC Home & Garden, “A New Flame” Feature - 2010
The New York Times “The River Arts District Blooms” Interview - 2010
The Laurel of Asheville, Cover Photo and Feature - 2009
VERVE Magazine, Feature - 2008