If you are in downtown Asheville, NC you can see one of my site-specific commission paintings on the 9th Floor of the AC Hotel at the corner of Broadway and College, where you will find the cocktail lounge and great views. There is a collection of original sculptures made for this hotel; I was the only painter and painting chosen. I am in good company on the 9th floor with a sculpture by Hoss Haley.
Constance Williams “OBSESSION.”
Revealed Gallery 119A Church St. Charleston SC 29401
Opening night reception 5 to 8:30 pm Friday, April 5, 2019
www.RevealedGallery.com (843) 872-5606
The title of Williams' show “OBSESSION” explores the use of shape, color, and form into three distinct groups spherical, striation, and combinative; like a DNA signature, it is ever-present throughout Williams’ various mediums and continually evolves. Williams' extrudes the essence of their origins; representing without depicting, extracting and abstracting interpretations of topographical observations by surveying and flattening perspective and rendering expressive compositions while simultaneously creating anew and innovating with her medium.
Over fifty works will be available at this show that will also include a selection of unusually small works (Marquette’s of more significant paintings) specifically for this event.
Each impetus of Constance's Monet Redux extrudes the essence of their origins. Her interpretation is a topographical observation, surveying and flattening the perspective and rendering an extracted and abstracted expressive filtered composition, which either magnifies an element and or in a reductive manner simplifies it; the color palette and light of the day of Claude Monet's Giverny garden and his paintings are referenced and are something familiar and anew.
Claude Monet's Giverny palette was the inspiration for "Monet's Garden No. 1" 48x78, "Monet's Garden No. 2" 48x76, and "Monet's Pond" 26x48, which already sold to a corporate client through Mahler Fine Art in Raleigh NC.
I want to absorb a room full of these large pictures before I release them to one of the galleries that represent me. I am currently building a viewing room in my studio to immerse myself in, which will be complete in August. I recall the feeling I had when I spent an afternoon viewing Monet's lily paintings in the Musee de L'Orangerie in Paris; not that I will have the fantastic oval room of L'Orangerie or try to create wide-spread pictures like Monet; though I have been recently commissioned to paint a sixteen-foot painting. The saying "if you build it they will come" is a phrase I have taken to heart and it has motivated me to create a series and possibly explore other impressionists palettes to expand my visual color vocabulary.
"Red Desire & Passion Purple" 48x78 inch paintings are the geneses of a new series of significant works, which were inspired by a conversation I had with a new collector. I wanted to savor them for a while in the studio while I produced others and envelope myself with a room full of large paintings, but alas they sold from this studio snap photo I took of them and shared. I will be painting others in this size in a multitude of mostly monochromatic colors. Currently, a palette of greens and blues are on the table; it reminds me of the palette that Monet used in his Giverny Garden paintings. I believe I am starting a new series; maybe I will explore other artists' palettes too!
“KELP FOREST” 48x70.
Recently I have heard much about kelp through multiple sources; my recent trip down the coast of Chile, through the fjords of Patagonia, and floundering around Antarctica heightened my senses of the aquatic world as another habitat and ecosystem I should further study for inspiration. I was amazed by the variety of colors, textures, and sizes, which led to painting "Kelp Forest." I believe I will cultivate this theme.
STUFF I DID NOT KNOW
Though kelp looks like a plant, it is an alga and can some can grow up to 18” a day. Kelp forests are exceptionally biologically productive habitats for a vast range of sea creatures including fish, urchins, sea otters, sea lions, and even some whales. Because of this, kelp forests are critical for fishing and recreation industries. Sadly, overfishing disrupts the balance of kelp forests by removing predators and allowing plant-eating populations to explode and overeat the kelp, destroying the forests. Pollution, such as sediment runoff and industrial waste, also contributes to the destruction of kelp forests.
Today, many kelp forests are located in marine protected areas and studied by NOAA scientists. Kelp forests are monitored for kelp size and distribution, physical oceanic conditions, and associated life. The more that we discover about these fantastic habitats, the better they can be preserved and strengthened. Many former fishermen/women are finding that they can make a living planting kelp farms providing food and shelter for many organisms, which stabilizes and filters coastal areas. Kelp is used in the making of many commonly used products: toothpaste, shampoos, salad dressings, puddings, cakes, dairy products, frozen foods, and even pharmaceuticals, who knew?
Patagonia to Antarctica
A month-long voyage in February 2018; summertime in the Southern Hemisphere, through the Fjords of Patagonia and down to Antarctica, further expanded my Habitat series of paintings. As the ship meandered south through the Patagonian Fjords of Chile, the mountains, trees, and foliage gave way to more exposed rock formations, baron mountains tops, waterfalls and spectacular glaciers. A rough voyage through the Drake Passage tendered to the protected coves of Antarctica. Snow and ice surrounded me, but white was not what I saw, every shade of grey and blue came into focus. The icebergs were majestic in their various forms. While some were jagged and towering like city blocks, others had chiseled dimples and rounded shapes of otherworldly marble scapes, of course, the master sculptors were natures elements, which had chipped away beneath the water and ultimately tipped over the icebergs denser and massive rough colder surface to expose the beauty that lay beneath.
Upon disembarking the ship on Zodiacs to go ashore, I traversed the pebbles and stones of the penguin and seal colonies and nurseries, which displayed a myriad of grays, some with lichen attached in brilliant chartreuse shades of yellows and greens. Outcroppings of towering boulders laced with iron added warmth to the cool colored enveloping palette. Shades of pink were also part of the landscape as penguins pooped and regurgitated krill for their offspring, which brochures and films appear to edit out.
Upon the return to my studio, my paintings revealed my journey.
December 1, 2017, I attended an opening with 22 of my paintings being exhibited in Charleston SC at Revealed Gallery. The gallery was packed all evening and many works sold. Below is one of the paintings that sold called "Rare Earth Minerals" 48x48.
THANK YOU CHARLESTON for loving my work!
2017, I spent a week at Arrowmont School of Arts in Tennessee. I wanted to experiment with new materials; I tried a sculptural fiber workshop. On a walk around campus, the Tennessee fires of November 2016, which had burned a considerable amount of the forest and buildings, took me back. I had taken a photograph of where the remains of a campus building had been, the beauty of the charred wood and wildflowers were inspirational. Upon returning to my studio in Asheville, a landscape emerged from what was trying to be a more abstract painting. The painting “Renewal” was the beginning of more landscapes over the following months.
The inspiration for the painting Cavernous 48x48, which is part of Habitat Series, was inspired by the earth minerals that are deposited upon the surface of rock formations and within Linville Caverns in Western North Carolina, it was recently installed at Rezaz restaurant in Biltmore Village Asheville NC.
My studio is located at the RAMP studios in Asheville NC, a couple miles north of the River Arts District, near the University of North Carolina and a mile northwest of downtown. The 50,000 SF building has 15-20 foot ceilings, daylight filled studios from skylights throughout and a central wide arcade walk through with studios on either side. This newly formed collective of some of Asheville's finest artists will fill this vibrant creator and makers building by the summer of 2017.
I have examined the luscious complexity of my surrounding ecosystems as if it were under a microscope, thus creating a series called Habitats & Interrelationships.Read More
In my latest alcohol ink paintings, I have been experimenting with various shades of blue. The result is a cool, refreshing scene, fluid as water with precious earth minerals. The hints of amber provide an interesting contrast to the bright tones of cyan. Congruous with freshwater habitats in the mountains of western North Carolina, I am inspired by the harmonious flow among the forms of the aquatic life that depends upon it and the precious earth minerals that shimmer beneath it.
As the warm embrace of an August summer is cooled by my blue palette the transition in to the fall season will surely inspire me. The variation of scenery will be agreeable; a transformation along the blue ridge parkway will surely provide for a lovely drive!
While some may believe gray is quite simply a drab color devoid of energy, we artists know better. Gray is a versatile tone and can be light or dark to complement a signature color. I've recently experimented with shades of oranges mixed with gray and the results are phenomenal. The piece is bright, but not overwhelming. The gray and coral create a kind complement to one another. A paradox piece within itself. A dark shadow emphasizes the fluid form created by the alcohol inks. Simple, yet bold. I will definitely explore more with this palette.
Other colors I'm combining with gray are blues and golds. The speckles of gray adds another layer of texture to the overall piece. Some say it reminds them of the infinite sea while others see the stars in the sky. How ever one chooses to interpret these amorphous figures, I hope they generate a positive, effervescent energy!
As the summer of mysterious weather and sudden downpours continues, I have been inspired to add splashes of my own to my distillation series. Bright blues and radiant reds give a certain energy that can bring life into a room. I hope positive vibes are encapsulated in these refreshing new pieces.
As always with alcohol ink on aluminum board, there is fluidity and grace that is embedded with every piece. The palette choice adds the spirit, while the form adds the flow. Due to the unique process of alcohol inks, to each and every person there is a slightly different variation in the interpretation of the pieces. From different angles and orientations, a new perspective is unveiled adding a layer of depth to the piece if art.
Although the basics of my process remain constant, the outcome always slightly varies. Creating something completely new to both myself and others is a feat. I hope these two pieces emanate a new radiance for my audience. The array of colors certainly add something fresh to my repertoire!
I am excited to announce that my work, Distillation Series: Blue Green, has been selected for the 2016 Signature Piece for Western North Carolina AIDS Project's "Raise Your Hand" Auction and Gala! I have always loved participating in this annual event and am truly honored that my work has been chosen. From June 27-July 8, you can find my piece downtown Asheville in Tops for Shoes, located on N. Lexigton Ave.
This selection in my Distillation Series is 48 x 48 inches on aluminum board. The alcohol ink is a versatile and dynamic medium, creating a fluidity that is relatively new to the art scene. These works provide a journey of transparent vaporous veiled fields, with facades of eruptions and excavation!
WNCAP will hold this years auction Saturday October 1st, 2016. It will mark the 28th annual benefit auction and gala, and I hope many supporters/art enthusiasts will be present! In last years' event, over 200 items were donated from some of Asheville's finest local businesses and artists. It was a successful feat, and WNCAP exceeded their goal, raising over $190,000!
A short article about this event and my work is in the URL below. More details can be found on 'wncapgala.org'. I expect many amazing works of art to be donated to this great cause again this year. Again, nothing short of thrilled!