Hilary Williams


Blooming Trip to Green Street, 2011, acrylic & screen print on fabric & wood panel, 20 x 24 x 2 in.

Today Singing in a Funny Hat, 2011, acrylic & screen print on fabric & wood, 24 x 12 x 2 in.

A Thought Worth Its Weight in Gold, 2011, acrylic & screen print on fabric & wood, 24 x 22 x 2 in.

Song and Dance For a Laugh, 2010, screen print & acrylic on fabric, 24 x 24 in.

Morning in Cosmic Rays, 2011, acrylic & screen print on fabric & wood panel, 48 x 18 x 2 in.

Hot Coffee and Swinging Skirts, 2011, acrylic & screen print on fabric & wood panel, 36 x 12 x 2 in.

With Wind and Wine at the Heels, 2011, acrylic & screen print on fabric & wood panel, 24 x 24 x 2 in.

Herding Out Saturday Night, 2010, acrylic & screen print on fabric, 24 x 24 in.

Artist Statement

Since my first introduction to screen printing I have been enthralled by its graphic quality, bold colors, and they way it lends itself to layers. I studied the technique beginning at California College of the Arts in 2000, and work in this medium passionately creating limited edition prints as well as incorporating its ideas and techniques into my painting and fabric works. Through layering, collage and juxtaposition, I strive to make layered pieces that deal with the absurdity, poignancy and joy of our world.

I use collages of photography, drawing, painting, patterning to create layers of images and meaning. My works deal with a variety of emotions about the coexistence of our urban landscape, nature and humanity. I am continually inspired by my surroundings, today\’s urban and natural environments, and have drawn some inspirations as well from Dada, Surrealism and Pop art. Along with exterior and interior architecture and urban life themes, in many pieces I also merge these with the rural and natural landscape, as well as its figures. There is always some humor, irony as well as melancholy in my pieces that continually thread through my work and ideas in some way. I desire to create a surreal vision of reality that incorporates the past, present, and future of our worlds landscapes and characters, causing reflections on where we are today.

In creating my screen prints I take most of my own photographs, and each other stencil is created by hand, with ten to twenty layers stenciled and then printed on each piece. My paintings are composed of layers of acrylic, screen printing and other mixed media materials. My fabric sculptures are created with recycled fabrics and other materials with screen printing.

I received my BA in Printmaking from California College of the Arts in 2002 and still live and work in the Bay Area. I currently show work from many galleries in San Francisco and the greater Bay Area, as well as alternative venues, art fairs and my studio. I also now teach classes in screen printing from ARC Studios and Gallery in Soma.

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