Todd Williamson

Todd Williamson lives and works in Los Angeles. He has a BA from Belmont University in Nashville TN (’88) and has studied at Cal State and UCLA. His numerous awards include the prestigious ‘PRIZE FOR CREATIVITY 2019/2020″ from the Pollock Krasner Foundation in honor of Lee Krasner for his work associated with the 58th Venice Biennale, a Pollock Krasner Foundation Award Grant 2010/2011, Best Foreign Artist-Bluduemila Sporte & Arte Italy, 2 Artslant International Abstract Showcase Awards, and an Artistic Merit Award from Art 1307 Cultural Association in Italy. Todd was honored with the inclusion of his work “Mercy” into the permanent collection of the Pio Monte della Misericordia where it hangs next to its inspiration, “The Seven Works of Mercy” by Caravaggio.

Awards

  • 2020 Special Festival Award- Special Artist Recognition. Art Non-Stop International Film Festival
  • Buenos Aires Argentina
  • 2019 Pollock Prize for Creativity. Pollock Krasner Foundation, NY NY
  • 2015 Best Foreign Artist. Bluduemila Association Sport & Arte, Naples Italy
  • 2010 Award Grant. 2010/2011 Pollock Krasner Foundation, NY NY
  • Artistic Merit Award. Art 1307 Naples Italy
  • Abstract Showcase Award. 3rd round Artslant International
  • Abstract Showcase Award. 4th round Artslant International
  • 2007 Curators Choice Award. Spectrum, Micro Museum, NYCNY

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Exbibitions

Select Solo Exhibitions:

  • 2021 Georges Berges Gallery, The Only Way Out is Through, NY NY
  • Imago Gallery, Christian Craemer & Todd Williamson, Palm Desert CA
  • Laurel Hills Art Salon, The Sun is the Same –w Raymond Pettibon/Shane Guffogg,Joe Davidson,Christina Craemer, LA CA
  • ArtEmerge Gallery, Unbroken: Cross Currents & Contemporary Time- w Justin Garcia, LA CA
  • 2020 Wonzimer Gallery, The Edge of Order, Deterministic Chaos-w Christina Craemer, LA CA
  • George Berges Gallery NY Stillness NY NY
  • BEGE Gallery, Art Karlsruhe Special 1 person exhibition Karlsruhe Germany
  • 2019 58th Venice Biennale, Processional (MAK Center) Venice Italy (official exhibition presented by the MAK Center and the Pollock Krasner Foundation, curator Priscilla Fraser)
  • MAC Museum Art & Cars, California Dreamin’ an uncertain paradise, Singen Germany (MAC Museum Art & Cars. California Abstract/ two person show w Laddie John Dill)
  • Bege Gallery, Inside the Lines, Ulm Germany
  • Art Gallery Wiesbaden Lines-w/ Laddie John Dill, Wiesbaden Germany
  • 2018 SOHO House LA, Slow Burn, LA CA
  • Nicole Longnecker Gallery, Frequency of Color, Houston TX
  • 2017 Art Gallery Wiesbaden, Sound & Color, Wiesbaden Germany
  • Galerie Stenzel, The Sound of Painting, Munich Germany
  • 2016 2316 Santa Monica, Salon, a Gathering of People, Santa Monica CA
  • ArtEmerge.Org, The Disillusionment of Truth, LA CA
  • Nicole Longnecker Gallery, The Darker the Blue, Houston TX
  • 2015 Pio Monte della Misericordia, Contemporary Response to Caravaggio, Naples Italy
  • Art 1307-Villa di Donato, Polifonia di un paesaggio, Naples Italy
  • Premium Modern Art, Sounds of Light, Stuttgart Germany
  • Rymer Gallery, No Rhyme or Reason, Nashville TN
  • Fellini Gallery, Todd Williamson, Berlin Germany
  • 2014 Kevin Barry Fine Art, Laddie John Dill & Todd Williamson, Santa Monica CA
  • Nicole Longnecker Gallery, Inside the Lines, Houston TX
  • 2013 George Billis Gallery, Un-Polarized Light, LA CA
  • Wade Wilson Art, Illusion of the Precise, 3 person show w/Robert Ryman & Mark Williams, Houston TX
  • 2012 P.A.N. Museum, Todd Williamson a PAN!, Naples Italy
  • 2011 George Billis Gallery, Thoughts from a Mind Like Mine, LA CA
  • Installation West Hollywood, A Convergence of Souls, West Hollywood CA
  • Barbara Davis Gallery, 2 Solo Exhibitions, 2 person show w Joe Davidson, Houston TX
  • 2009 George Billis Gallery, Todd Williamson, NY NY
  • Belmont University, Blurring the Lines, collaboration w/ composer Greg Walter UNCSA, Nashville TN
  • Ippodo Gallery, Todd Williamson, Tokyo Japan
  • 2008 Asstociation Cultura Arte Giapponese, Trauma di Luce, Milan Italy
  • LA Contemporary, Beyond the Line, LA CA
  • Irvine Fine Arts Center, Todd Williamson, Irvine, CA
  • Villa di Donato, Orizzonti, Naples Italy
  • 2006 Gallery Gora, Todd Williamson, Montreal Canada
  • O’Melveny Gallery, Db MINOR, LA CA
  • 2002 Les Migreteurs, An American in Paris, Paris France

Select Group Exhibitions:

  • 2021 Susquehanna Art Museum, Circle of Truth-w 49 artists curated by Shane Guffogg & Laura Hepke, Harrisburg PA
  • 2020 MFA Circle Gallery, Strokes of Genius 2020, Annapolis MA
  • Cica Museum, Color, Gimpo South Korea
  • Museo Villa Seiz, 3 Artists, Gmünd Germany
  • 2019 Art Karlsruth, Special exhibition to HP Haas (master printer), Karlsruth Germany
  • Lancaster Museum of Art, Circle of Truth (traveling exhibition), Lancaster CA
  • Nicole Longnecker Gallery, November Group, Houston TX
  • 2018 New Museum Los Gatos, Circle of Truth, (traveling exhibition), Los Gatos CA
  • Echterdingen Civic Hall, 66 Prints by 66 Artists in 66 Years, HP Haas tribute, Stuttgart, Germany
  • 2017 Ex-Lucchese Factory, Re-Creazioni, cur. Marco di Mauro, Prato Italy
  • Village West Gallery, The Four Seasons (Autumn), Jersey City NJ
  • 2016 ARTPRIZE, Painting in Place, Grand Rapids MI
  • 2015 Curators Voice Art Projects, Premium cur. Dr. Milagros Bello, Miami FL
  • Ivy Brown Gallery, Restless Edge, NY NY
  • Art Hub, Italian Soul *guest artist, Abu Dhabi UAE
  • 2014 Nashville International Airport, The Destination-public art installation, Nashville TN
  • 2013 Art Cube, Enchanted Afterlife, Laguna CA
  • Fuxin Gallery, Transitive’s, Miami FL
  • See. Me Gallery, The Story of the Creative, Long Island City NY
  • Pi II Gallery, Sweet Darkness w/cellist Helen Money, LA CA
  • 2012 Guitartown Sunset Strip, British Invasion, West Hollywood CA
  • Rottet Studios, the art swagger, LA CA
  • Fellini Gallery, Angelenos 3 person show w/ Ed Moses & Laddie John Dill, Berlin Germany
  • Wade Wilson Art, Gallery Artists, Santa Fe NM
  • S Cube Gallery, On the Edge, Statements in B&W, Laguna CA
  • 2011 Villa Bruno, Sulle trace di Luca Giordano, cur Marco di Mauro, San Giorgio Italy
  • Barbara Davis Gallery, Plentitude, Houston TX
  • Visual Arts Center NJ, 25th Silver Anniversary Exhibition, cur Joan Young, Summit, New Jersey
  • 2010 Barbara Davis Gallery, Elevated (w/Ed Ruscha, Chuck Close, Jenny Holzer) LA CA
  • Villa di Donato, The White Age (3 person show w Joe Davidson & Steve Burtch), Milan/Naples Italy
  • 2009 Fellini Gallery, Visionaire w Ed Moses, Shanghai China
  • MOCA Museum, Fresh Action, LA CA
  • Art 1307, Proposte per una Collezione, Naples Italy
  • 2008 MAUI Museum, Biennale delle Arti dell’Unita’ d’Italia, Caserta Italy
  • Zimmer Children’s Museum, The Art of Vision, LA CA
  • High Energy Constructs, Chain Letter curated by Doug Harvey, LA CA
  • 2007 Songzhuang Art Festival, American Contemporary Art Exhibition, curator Holly Wang, Beijing China
  • Micro Museum, Spectrum *curators choice award, NY NY
  • 2006 Klapper Gallery, Leaving The Known, LA CA
  • Andrew Shire Gallery, LA CA
  • 2003 O’Melveny Gallery, Launch Pad, LA CA

Description

My latest works are a series of questions on society and the political climate that affect all of us. It asks questions about how we grant power and how that power is used by social media influencers and power brokers. The nuanced abstract “portraits” render the idea of the person or persons being discussed through the use of color and its emotive powers.

Music often accompanies the works to enhance the emotions on the canvas so the viewer both sees and hears the emotions in an exhibition.

The works are delicately nuanced abstractions that are ethereal, resolute, and controlled with a depth of structure and light emanating from within the work more related to chiaroscuro than Light & Space. Many of my works are spare, near-monochromatic compositions that are created by removing layers of oil and leaving distinct frameworks of 3” parallel or grid-like lines. These parallel lines become a framework that holds the story told in the painting while allowing the viewer to observe the sometimes-chaotic mass of color from a place that is both calm and peaceful. The lines reflect the war that wages within me over control and chaos.

The work engages both complementary hues and opposing values of subtle layers of color and movement, which often references people, although my work does not rely on these descriptive elements and remains basically abstract.

The work has subtle historic references from Rothko, Frankenthaler, and Still as well as appropriating ideas and thoughts from modern masters like Gerhard Richter, Ross Bleckner, and Sean Scully and has been compared to works by Kandinsky and Paladino.

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