These portraits by Justin Lee Williams represent what I think all good visual arts should be: it should demonstrate competent technical skills, it should present an innovative concept and it should ultimately act as an extension of an artist – a way for him or her to better communicate ideas. These illustrations accomplish all three.
Some may be quick to relegate these abstract paintings as not requiring much skill, but look at how much control Williams has over watercolors in order to produce shapes and value out of such a chaotic medium. Justin Lee Williams explains that these portraits are rendered based on memories, which also explains why the faces have a dreamy warped quality to them. Lastly, Williams is literally sharing aspects of his mind with viewers as he’s transporting visuals out from his head and onto canvases to share with audiences. All these things make Williams an artist I greatly respect.
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