Vivienne Williams RCA

Vivienne Williams was born 1955, in Swansea.

After graduating she spent the next five years abroad, teaching English in Venice and Padua and working in an art gallery in Sydney where she began selling her work for the first time. Returning to the UK in 1983 she spent the next seven years studying and working in a Buddhist Community before becoming a full time painter in 1990, returning to Wales at this time.

She has been quietly building a reputation as a significant artist in Wales over the last twenty years with regular solo exhibitions in Swansea and Cardiff. Her work has also been shown at the London Contemporary Art Fair and the British Art Fair from the early nineties. Her first solo exhibition in London was in 2016.

As one of the leading Welsh contemporary artists, Vivienne was elected RCA in 2017.

Her work is in public and private collections throughout Britain and abroad.


1974 - 77 BA Hons. English Literature, Reading University

1978 MA “The Literary Response to the Visual Arts”, Reading University

Solo Exhibitions:

Seventeen solo exhibitions to date including:

2018 Thackeray Gallery, London

2016 Thackeray Gallery, London

2014 Attic Gallery, Swansea

2012 Attic Gallery, Swansea


2017 Elected to the Royal Cambrian Academy
2000 Highly commended at the inaugural Welsh Artist of the Year
competition, Cardiff
1993 National Eisteddfod

Artist statement:

I paint flowers, fruit, pots, jugs and bowls – often on a table, lately with more views from the window, some objects in open landscape. Everything in the picture is rearranged and repainted many times, deciding what to leave in and what to leave out is a balancing act. The spaces are as significant as the objects themselves.

As the layers of paint build, the surface texture is energetically worked, scratched, sanded and stained. It always surprises me when a battle on the paper resolves itself into a calm painting.

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Blue Jug with Seven Pears

Blue Jug with Seven Pears by Vivienne Williams RCA