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Aubrey Williams | Paintings

Catalogue relating to an exhibition, 1969
Published by: Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery
Year published: 1969

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Modest catalogue for solo exhibition by Guyana-born painter Aubrey Williams. The exhibition took place at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter, December 11 - 31, 1969. The exhibition featured some 45 paintings, many for sale (priced in guineas, the now obsolete British unit of currency). This catalogue was produced to accompany the exhibition, and featured a brief introduction by Max Chapman, which concluded “It will be seen that Williams’ imagery has grass roots in the South American jungle, but its exoticism has been progressively tempered, given more weight and simplicity. Of the pictures on view, probably “Autumn” best exemplifies this progression, being in fact his most recent. Yet there is a constant within the change, and it would be surprising if the total impact of these richly conceived canvases does not strike the viewer as exceptionally impressive.”

In a small catalogue produced to accompany/mark the last solo exhibition of Aubrey Williams’ work to take place during the course of his lifetime (October Gallery, 2 November - 16 December 1989) Denis Bowen made mention of another Williams’ link to the city of Exeter: “As with many of his colleagues, his art has been a vehicle of encouragement to the many students who have studied under him in London and Exeter, or who have heard him lecture at countless universities on both sides of the Atlantic.”

A more explicit reference to Williams’ Exeter link was contained in the entry on Aubrey Williams in the book Great West Indians: Life Stories for Young Readers by Therese Mills. The book consisted of 19 biographical sketches of a range of important historical and contemporary Caribbean figures and personalities. Portraits of the figures featured, by Tony Evora, embellish the entries. Longman Caribbean, 1973. The reference was “Today, Aubrey Williams lives with his wife and daughter in England. He lectures in Fine Arts (Painting) at the Exeter College of Art in Devon and at the Camden Arts Centre in London.”

Related people

»  Max Chapman

Born, 1911 in London

»  Aubrey Williams

Born, 1926 in Georgetown, Guyana. Died, 1990

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Related venues

»  Royal Albert Memorial Museum

Exeter, United Kingdom