Williams, Evelyn (1929-2012)

A British figurative artist now in her seventies, Evelyn Williams' work is concerned with the subtleties and complexities of relationships. Pictures of intimacy, often confined to heads or hands, of profound communion between mothers and infants, between lovers and strangers. She says in the book of ninety drawings, sculptures and paintings, selected by Bruce Bernard 'Is there a disease that manifests itself in a person taking upon themselves the suffering of others? I believe I have this disease; it is at the very centre of my work.' In 1961 Evelyn Williams won first prize for sculpture in the John Moores competition and, over the years has had recognition in many public galleries including The Whitechapel Retrospective in 1972) and major shows at the Riverside, Ikon, Birmingham, the Arts Council, Belfast, Graves in Sheffield and Chapter Art Centre in Cardiff.

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