The Green Ray
2000, oil on linen, 112 x 102cm
2000, oil on linen, 137 x 137cm
1999, oil on linen, 84 x 112cm
Biography and Qualifications
Born Melbourne, 1957
Currently lives and works in Sorrento
Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting), RMIT, 1985
Description of Work
Williamson's earlier work showed magnified scenes of flowers, fruit and insects in the manner of seventeenth-century European allegorical paintings, tending towards suggestions of abundance, but also transience, decay and decadence.
More recently, the darkness and instability underlying her images is more forcefully expressed. The flowers are placed within deserted, threatening settings - sci-fi grids, mine shafts, abandoned factories lit with an acid light. It appears that the flowers, for all their beauty and "perfection", could be the unexpected results of a genetic experiment or industrial accident, threatening to engulf their surroundings with vine and perfume.
In other works, Williamson disrupts the illusionistic surface as though lifting the paint from the canvas like a skin, revealing the two-dimensional physicality of the paint, before resolving the images again into "stable" illusion.
Brilliantly coloured and meticulously constructed, Williamson's virtuoso technique allows her to express her interest in the overpowering or destructive aspects of a life-force, and its disguise through scenes of apparent calm and beauty.
Williamson has held four solo exhibitions since 1988. Other exhibitions include:
Artbank, Sydney; private collections in Australia and the United States
"Artists Speak", Broadsheet, vol 19, March 1990, Adelaide Festival Issue
LUDEMAN, Brenda, "Lauren Williamson - The Abrogation of Light", Agenda, volume 3, issue 4, 1989
MILLAR, Ronald, The Herald, 23/11/88, Melbourne