My work is an expression of my emotions and the way I see the world. It deals with sex, violence, beauty, and freedom. It is an extension my thoughts and how the world affects my being. Anger, frustration, fear, and intense passion all exist in the work as I debate within myself the uncertainties of the world and how to change it or control it.
Color has a strong emotive power that pulls from the soul. It brings out our deepest, darkest secrets and most intense passions. Colors can calm and warm your soul or it can insight you to violence or deeply felt passion. Color, much like sound, is a constant memory. I work to capture this memory and balance it in my work. The colors work like emotions, only real and perceptible to the viewer. Marco di Mauro (Italian) stated that my work is “the visible, perception of emotions on canvas”.
The parallel lines in my work are used as constraints and hold the emotions to a readable place on the canvas. They act similarly to staffs on a page of music holding each note in place and giving it structure. In this respect, my work can be read like sheet music, giving you a small glimpse of who I am while creating a concerto of thoughts and memories on the canvas.
Todd Williamson was born in Alabama and lives and works in Los Angeles. He has a BA from Belmont University in Nashville Tn ('88) and has studied at Cal State and UCLA. He was awarded the Pollock Krasner Foundation Award Grant in 2010 and has received numerous other awards and honors. He has exhibited extensively both in the US and internationally with such luminaries as Ed Rusche, Jenny Holzer, Joe Mancuso, Mie Olise, Donald Lipske, Ed Moses, Chuck Close, and most recently with Robert Ryman.