THE theme of Michael Williams’ new solo show at The Art Stable, at Gold Hill Organic Farm, Child Okeford, is Folds of Landscape, new works in watercolour and acrylic, on show from 27th April to 18th May.
It is almost exactly three years since Williams’ last exhibition at Kelly Ross’s outstanding little gallery. He says: “The essential ambitions have not changed. I still paint landscapes and still lifes, and I had that the idea then that the folds of fabric on a table suggested the folds of landscape.”
The three High Lake paintings, representing Llyn-y-Fan Fach, a lake high in the Black Mountain area of Carmarthenshire, came as an alternative to painting the sea, he says. “Instead of infinite recession here was a dramatically enclosed sheet of water, obviously formed by a glacier, with an unknown and mysterious depth and a steeped sided corrie around it, with striped, almost black, bands of rock. A wild place, three miles from the nearest car- carrying road.”
Pictured: Fabric, Sage and Water, acrylic; High Lake with Wall, watercolour