Strong and El­e­gant

Wil­liamson was the Third Prize win­ner of In­ter­na­tional Artist mag­a­zine’s Chal­lenge No. 106, Peo­ple & Fig­ures.

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Robin Wil­liamson’s art­work is done in a painterly re­al­is­tic style that al­lows view­ers to see the de­tails as well as the el­e­ments that make it iden­ti­fi­able as a paint­ing. How­ever, she does en­joy “fool­ing” peo­ple who look at the work into think­ing it’s a pho­to­graph at first glance. “Some­one once said, if it can be said with a photo, why do we need a paint­ing? I want to say more than a photo can—to give the sub­ject its full view and po­ten­tial,” she says. An­other char­ac­ter­is­tic of Wil­liamson’s art­work is the dra­matic light­ing ef­fects, or chiaroscuro, that are rem­i­nis­cent of the Re­nais­sance pain­ters.

Her lat­est se­ries of paint­ings com­bines two of her great loves: art and dance. Dur­ing her youth, Wil­liamson was a dancer her­self, giv­ing the art­work a per­sonal im­pact. She say, “I am cur­rently work­ing on a se­ries of paint­ings fea­tur­ing artists of the world-renowned Hous­ton Bal­let. I want to do this se­ries be­cause I want to de­pict the dancers as the pro­fes­sional ath­letes that they are. Yes, they are grace­ful and el­e­gant, but they are also strong and ath­letic; qual­i­ties that most peo­ple don’t con­sider when they think of bal­let dancers.”

Among her works of the dancers are In the Spot­light and Hold­ing Onto a Dream, which both high­light the mus­cu­la­ture and beauty of the dancers. Of the lat­ter work, which shows the pair posed in an em­brace, Wil­liamson says, “The cou­ple in this paint­ing is ac­tu­ally mar­ried and near­ing re­tire­ment. As he holds onto the woman of his dreams, they re­flect on ful­fill­ing their dream of be­com­ing pro­fes­sional dancers.”

In The Spot­light, oil, 12 x 16". This paint­ing re­ceived the Third Prize in In­ter­na­tional Artist’s Chal­lenge No. 106, Peo­ple & Fig­ures.2Hold­ing Onto a Dream, oil,30 x 24"3Robin Wil­liamson in her stu­dio.

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