Vivienne Williams RCA

Vivienne Williams was born 1955, in Swansea.
She took an M.A. in ‘ The Literary Response to the Visual Arts’ at Reading University, before travelling and teaching worldwide.

In 1990, Vivienne became a full time artist, since when she has exhibited widely with great success. The Contemporary Art Society of Wales purchased a painting in 2003.

Vivienne has had many solo exhibitions in galleries throughout Wales, as well as her first solo show in London in 2016.

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

Vivienne’s work is strongly influenced by Tibetan Buddhism in its celebratory use of colour and its quiet contemplative qualities. Her work is in public and private collections in Britain and abroad.

Vivienne says of her work:

'Colour is the most important thing in my work – in the bold and rather exuberant flower paintings and the more contemplative still life pictures of pots, bowls, jugs and fruit. The elements within a composition are often rearranged and painted over many times. In this way layers are built up until ordinary paper takes on the appearance and weight of old leather. The surface texture is energetically worked and reworked, scratched, sanded and stained. At any moment during this process there is an opportunity for a painting to emerge.'

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Crocus Bowl with Dark Jar

Crocus Bowl with Dark Jar by Vivienne Williams RCA