Schlesinger Center Margaret W. & Joseph L. Fisher Gallery is featuring “The Lonely Drone,” oil paintings on aluminum by Brian Williams, through Sunday, July 12.
For “The Lonely Drone,” Williams’ oil paintings on aluminum bring to mind imagery of earthly horizons that could conceivably be captured by an unmanned aerial vehicle. Williams wants the viewer to imagine being in soundless flight looking at a distant horizon without complete context: knowing what is land, sea or atmosphere. For this series, Williams has restricted himself to a three-inch brush and thus has to approach detail from a different angle: painting layers upon each other with varying amount of wet-on-wet painting.
For the past five years, these abstract, otherworldly landscapes have been focus of Williams’ painting. The paintings evoke realistic dunes, seascapes, mountains or cloud formations yet are the result of an intuitive painting process. He empowers the negative space by using a grey or tinted color to separate portions of the landscape in a way that allows multiple interpretations.
Born in 1968 to a German artist mother and a U.S. military father, Williams absorbed his mother’s artistic lessons when they lived in the American South before arriving in the Washington, D.C. area in 1984. Recent exhibits include a series inspired by the late 1960’s science fiction cult film classic “Barbarella” and a solo show of paintings inspired by the mysterious 3.2 million year old skeleton named “Lucy” that was unearthed in Ethiopia.
Williams lives in Arlington, Virginia, and exhibits regularly at Studio Gallery in Washington, D.C. His work can be seen at www.mayalane.com.
Located on the upper level of Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, the Fisher Art Gallery is named for the late Margaret “Peggy” Fisher and her husband, Joseph Fisher. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and during performances.