Gordon Williams - Artist
Location: Riebeek Valley
Capetonian born and schooled, Gordon Williams, moved to the eclectic village of Riebeek Kasteel in the 90's. His work is a unique combination of Expressionism and Impressionism. His medium is acrylic on canvas or charcoal on paper and working mainly ‘en pleine aire,’ which in and around the Riebeek Valley, in the harsh Swartland Summer, can be unrelenting and clearly a labour of love.
His work is full of honest and intuitive brush strokes and encapsulates the wild ever changing landscapes of the region, in addition to the internal turmoil’s that are part of the artist’s makeup.
Gordon’s artistic talents were nurtured under Henry Symonds at Rondebosch Boys High School. His paintings hang in private collections across the globe having been viewed in exhibitions in the Western Cape primarily since 2013.
His passion for painting superseded his artistry in woodwork and helps him to express his intimate relationship with the Swartland. His focus is mainly 'en pleine aire' and since directing his energy solely on painting he has had one solo exhibition in September 2013, which was received with overwhelming interest and most of the exhibited works were sold.
Since then he has exhibited at 'Lovell Gallery' and 'The Gallery' in joint exhibitions and his work is hanging in Australia, the UK and Switzerland. His landscapes have raw energy and movement which is reminiscent of the impressionists. Rather than document the Swartland in paint, Gordon translates the rugged beauty of this harsh and dramatic landscape through moodful and emotive canvases.