Thursday, March 28, 2013

BRIAN WILLIAMS - WONDERFUL PAINTINGS



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Born in Peru in 1950, and raised there and in Chile. Made art career choice when sent to California at 16 to finish high school and attend University. After four years at the University of California at Santa Barbara, arrived in Japan in 1972 on a one-way ticket, with just a backpack and $300. Has lived there ever since.



During the ensuing 39 years has had over one hundred shows in department stores all over Japan (prestigious exhibition venues in Japan), including over 50 shows at Takashimaya stores alone. The Asahi Newspapers sponsored an exhibition of his work at two museums in 1996. In 2006, had retrospective exhibition at Miura Art Village Museum of Art in Matsuyama, Japan. In 2007, created 'Portrait of Lake Biwa' exhibition at Sagawa Museum of Art in Shiga Prefecture, incorporating a strong environmental message along with the artistic content of the exhibition. The same year, invented 'Parabolic Painting'. This consists of paintings on panels configured and curved to express the movement of the eye as it looks at the particular scene depicted. Has been featured numerous times on NHK (Japan's National Broadcasting Organization) and commercial television, as well as appearing often in print media. Was featured on Charles Kurault's "Sunday Morning." His work is in various corporate collections, and in a number of museums, including the L.A. County Art Museum, the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Museum of New South Wales.



Works primarily in watercolor, most often painting out on location and doing the finishing touches in the studio. Since 2007, a bucket truck has been an essential piece of on-site painting equipment. Perhaps he is the only artist in the world to own one for the purpose of painting outdoors. Also works in oil in studio, and does printmaking as well, both etching and lithography, at his own print studio.



Lives in a 200-year-old Japanese farmhouse outside of Kyoto with Japanese wife Hidemi. All three daughters are grown and on their own. Has four grandchildren and a fifth one coming. Paints and travels all over Japan, and exotic locales world-wide. Active in environmental issues here in Japan, writing a weekly column for a local newspaper and lecturing frequently on environmental preservation. Enthusiastic diver and spearfisherman. In May 2011, will present a collection of his parabolic paintings on the balcony of Kiyomizu Temple, an unprecedented event in the long history of this most famous of Japanese temples.



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