New exhibits to feature abstract painter Mark Williams

The Mark Williams painting 'Choice,' 2006SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts opens two exhibits Sept. 13 featuring the work of abstract painter Mark Williams, whose works have been shown throughout the United States and countries including Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Sweden and Brazil.

The main exhibit, “Exquisitely Calibrated: Recent Paintings by Mark Williams” in the Pollock Gallery at Hughes-Trigg Student Center, will feature a selection of Williams’ geometrically abstract paintings. Williams’ acrylic- and enamel-based paintings focus on a clash of vertical and horizontal objects, often portrayed in muted colors and in seemingly random variations.

Pollock Gallery Director Philip Van Keuren writes for the exhibition catalogue “Mark Williams: Pure Clear Word”: “Williams’ paintings are characterized by sensitivity to the actual appearance of things on the panel and, more precisely, to color-form relationship combinations. He calibrates these combinations tirelessly, realizing there can only be solutions, never conclusions.”

A complementary exhibit, ““Mark Williams: Small Drawings and Studio Notebooks,” will be open for public view in the Mildred Hawn Gallery (located inside Meadows’ Hamon Arts Library). This addition features many of Williams’ small drawings and studio sketchbooks from his New York studio, showing examples of his method and process used to “construct” his larger pieces.

Williams, a Pittsburgh native born in 1950, has had previous ties to the Metroplex as he received a B.F.A. in art education and an M.F.A. in painting and sculpture at the University of North Texas. Williams has received two National Endowment for the Arts grants (1980 and 1989) among numerous other awards and grants and recently gave a guest lecture at the 2007 SMU-in-Taos summer term.

The Pollock exhibit will be open from 11-5 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday until Oct. 16. The Hawn exhibit will be around a bit longer as it will operate under regular Hamon library hours until Dec. 4.

(Above, Choice by Mark Williams, 2006.)