Based in Manchester, working in a broad interdisciplinary practice including painting, sculpture, lens and time-based media, Gary James Williams enquires into the contexts and the creative potentials of coming to terms with the everyday and real-world phenomena in contemporary art practice.
A continuing methodology in the artist’s practice explores our relationship with the representational, the omnipresent and the fabrication of apparent universalisms in the re-working of familiar cultural imagery. Signifiers become the signified in the approaches and processes of the work, addressing issues of identity and authorship. Here, more formal issues realise a uniqueness and authenticity, revealing a quieter sensitivity of our at times complex relationship with the material and the ephemeral.
Through research, studio-based practice, and collaboration, Williams intentionally establishes a developing proposition of the viewer and the arena of storytelling. His work defines and recovers an immediacy, finding an opening through the elusive, seductive and sensual world of projection and representation.
CV & Education
Qualifications and training 2001 - PGCE HE FE in Art & Design, Walsall School of Education, Wolverhampton University, Walsall/Wolverhampton 1999 - Master of Fine Art, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester. Solo exhibitions: 'In Transcience - incidents & interventions...,' NL/UK Touring Exhibition: 2007-2009 - Gallery Oldham, Oldham, UK: 2009, Yorkshire Artspace, Sheffield, UK: 2008, Gallery Forma Aktua, Groningen, NL: 2007. 'new horizons' - Bankley Gallery, Manchester: 2001. '24 Hours' - The Mall, Bay Area, San Francisco, San Francisco, USA: 1999. 'Art Tours Programme' - New York City, New York, USA:1999.
Collaborative Projects: 'Constructing a narrative' - Manchester Metropolitan University Special Collections 2018. 'Pursuing the narrative' - Bankley Gallery, Manchester: 2011.
Group exhibitions: 'Legacy' - Manchester School of Art: 2017. 'Mystery Land' - Z-Arts Centre, Manchester: 2012. 'We are all in this together' - Bureau Gallery, Manchester: 2011. 'Deep Fields' - Bankley Gallery, Manchester: 2007. 'Food and Drink' - Queen Street Studios Gallery, Belfast: 2006. 'Blind Date' touring exhibtion - UC Davis CA/UC Berkeley CA/ Manchester Metropolitan University, USA/UK Degree shows:1999. 'Everything & More' - Grosvenor Building, Manchester Metropolitan University:1999. Curated projects: 2012 - '60 DRAWINGS', Bankley Gallery, Manchester: 2012. 'ARTISTS CUT' - Bankley Gallery, Manchester: 2006. 'Phenomena:11 North West artists coming to terms with the everyday' - Bankley Gallery, Manchester: 2001. Residencies: Artist in Residence, Van Dijk Maxillo Faciaal Tandtecnish Laboratorium, Groningen, NL:2006. Artist in Residence , Steim Foundation, Amsterdam, NL: 1996. Artist in Residence , Steim Foundation, Amsterdam, NL: 1995.
Competitions, prizes and awards: Arts Council of England - Grants for the Arts Individual Award, Residency at the Van Dijk MFT Laboratorium, Manchester UK/Groningen, NL: 2006.Grants for the Arts Organisation Award – to curate ‘Draw in the Crowds’ artist exhibition as part of, Bankley Gallery, Manchester: 2003. Travel Award: Visiting Artist UC Berkeley / UC Davis California USA, Fine Art Department , Manchester Metropolitan University:1999. Burasry - to attend International Symposium of Electronic Art ISEA'98, Liverpool/Manchester, Awarded by ISEA: 1998.Bursary Award - Avid non-linear editing, awarded by Liverpool City Council, Mersey Film & Video, North West Arts Board, Liverpool: 1995. North West Arts Board-Grants for the Arts Individual Award , to take up residency at the STEIM Foundation. Amsterdam, NL, Liverpool/Amsterdam:1995.
Publications: In the requisition of the ephemeral: interventions- A series of photographic works that refines and redefines the context of the ephemeral and its realisation in contemporary art practice. Phenomena Fine Art Publication 2019.