New Zealand artist Laura Williams’ paintings may appear at first glance to be kitsch and decorative, but on closer contemplation they reveal an intricate web of signs and symbols, textures and colour. As the saying goes, the more you look, the more you’ll see, and there is a lot to see. These bright, colourful paintings are well worth spending some time with.
“My paintings are nearly all still life or of domestic interiors, you could say they are interior monologues. I often jest that they are my version of Andrew Wyeth’s Christina’s World as I generally paint what is within my immediate view: ceramics, wallpaper, fabric, pictures, books and figurines. Lately I have started to include images from my favourite painters and illustrators in my idealized habitats. All my heroes are equal in my pictures: Alcorn resides next to Illingworth, classical Greek art rubs shoulders with recruitment posters and modern masters are consigned to banal suburban settings. The result, I think, is a representation of my cultural capital from childhood to adult.”
Laura had her debut solo exhibition , Shelf Life, at Kreisler Gallery in 2013.
Her work was recently exhibited at Auckland’s Outsider Art Fair, November 2014.