Sarah Williams

"Williams' landscape paintings present a uniquely focused view of the world. Her pictures do not depict picturesque views; rather they create scenes cinematic in their mood, setting, and sense of impending drama. Her paintings often depict lonely places, the air thick with isolation and dread, like an image by Hopper crossed with a scene from a Cohen brothers' movie. In her night paintings, the ramshackle buildings and storage sheds, battered signs and water towers, glow with an ominously mysterious life under the nighttime illumination. What isn't seen is as important as what is and points to the real subject of these paintings: the heavy presence of the impenetrable night.

Williams' snow paintings may seem at first like the complete opposite from her magnificent night pictures, and yet, these too reject the picturesque in favor of something more subtle and enigmatic. The evocation of bodily sensation in these scenes is remarkable-the warmth of the sun and the cold of the snow, the crispness of the air and the quiet of the earth. Buildings and cars are foils that set up the true subject of these paintings: the snow itself. In these paintings, the snow lies heavily on the earth, its surface scarred by the deep and difficult tracks of struggling tires. The snow dominates and rules these worlds, much as the blackness dominates the night paintings."

- Robert Jessup

Sarah Williams<br />Broadway Boulevard | 2014<br />oil on board | 18" x 24"<br />
Sarah Williams<br />Linn County Fireworks | 2014<br />oil on board | 30" x 30"<br />
Sarah Williams<br />Marceline Carnival | 2014<br />oil on board | 24" x 36"<br />
Sarah Williams<br />Macon Hotel | 2014<br />oil on board | 30" x 30"<br />
Sarah Williams<br />Marceline Carnival II | 2014<br />oil on board | 24" x 18"<br />
Sarah Williams<br />Jones Street | 2014<br />oil on board | 12" x 24"<br />
Sarah Williams<br />Television 10 | 2014<br />oil on board | 12" x 16"<br />
Sarah Williams<br />Urbana | 2013<br />oil on board | 12" x 24"<br />
Sarah Williams<br />Utica Dawn | 2013<br />oil on board | 12" x 12"<br />Sold
Julon Pinkston and Sarah Williams, McMurtery Gallery 2008
On the Periphery, McMurtery Gallery 2011
Population 4,769, McMurtery Gallery 2010
Sarah Williams, McMurtery Gallery 1996
Group Holiday Exhibition, McMurtery Gallery 2009
County Lines, McMurtery Gallery 2012
Houston Fine Art Fair , McMurtery Gallery 2012
New Paintings, McMurtery Gallery 2013
Seven Artists, McMurtery Gallery 2014
City Limits, McMurtery Gallery 2015