11 April - 18 May 2014
For more than 20 years Simon McWilliams has proven himself to have a unique painterly voice gathering accolades and awards in the USA, London and Ireland.
Following the success of his solo show in Los Angeles, these paintings continue his use of architectural armatures and organic elements to reveal his fascinating and individualistic handling of paint. These are vibrant, densely built, spatially complex paintings. Underlying their quasi-abstraction is an armature of realism which effectively organises the sumptuous paint.
“McWilliams is looking at ordinary cement, rebar, polyurethane, and debris, but he’s using paint and saturated color to understand it; melding natural, industrial, and emotional phenomena into a singular expressive construct prompting our attention to not only what we see, but how we see it.” Shana Nys Dambrot, Los Angeles 2013
Artist's Talk on Saturday 12 April, 12pm, Naughton Gallery
Simon McWilliams was born in Belfast in 1970. He studied painting at the University of Ulster and then at the Royal Academy Schools in London. He exhibits worldwide between the USA, Ireland and London and is represented in numerous public and private collections. And is based at Orchid Studios in Belfast, Northern Ireland.