Gallery of paintings: Kim James-Williams

Y Llunwyr ~ The Picturemakers: a collective of artists working in mid-Wales.


Kim James-Williams

I draw anything that catches my eye: boats, waves, dog-walkers, pram-pushers, sea frets and fishermen’s nets.

My drawings are about seeing the sublime in the everyday. When I draw, I try to see with ‘new eyes’ things which may have been drawn and looked at many times before. I try to draw the essence of the subject, the bare bones, the exact thing that made me excited enough to choose that particular thing. I like the ink or watercolour to be defeated by gravity and remind us that it is ink scratched into wood pulp at the same time as being a drawing of something.

Drawing can be exploratory; trying to find out something about the strangeness of life, and meditational: ‘Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment,’ (Siddhartha Buddha).

The drawings are finished pieces in their own right, and are often shown in groups, as they are made, hung in a grid or pinned to the wall in a sequence. They also sometimes develop further into paintings on wood or paper, which often have a narrative.

Kim James-Williams studied art at Carmarthen College of Technology and Art (Foundation), BA Fine Art (hons) at Winchester School of Art and MA Fine Art at University of Wales, Aberystwyth School of Art.