Paul Williams: One day, Painter, you will die
17 Oct 2015 - 6 Dec 2015
Part of a series of solo exhibitions by four contemporary artists who have grown up in or live in southern Sydney.
The title of Paul Williams’ exhibition One day, Painter, you will die is a reference to Memento mori, which translates to ‘remember (that you have) to die’, a Medieval Latin theory and practice of reflection on mortality. Hazelhurst's curator Carrie Kibbler says "it’s a heavy concept but one that Williams takes a light hearted approach to and sees the dark humour in the ever-present spectre of death."
This exhibition sees a shift in his practice, away from the traditional wall hung canvas to this new work which combines paintings on bed sheets with ceramics. Mud today is his first in this new series on bed sheets. The once-fitted, cream and brown spotted sheet began life as one of Williams’ bed sheets from his childhood. It then became a drop sheet in his studio 5 years ago before making its way to the studio walls and now to the gallery walls for this exhibition. Williams explains that ‘mud today’ is a reference to being in the studio when the work isn’t coming together, "it feels like mud" he says.
Image:Untitled, 2015, gesso, ink and acrylic on polycotton.
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