Interview with Jed Williams, Member since 2010
DVAA: Introduce yourself!
JW: I was born in Philadelphia, USA, in 1975 and raised in Paris, France; I am a French and American citizen, now living in Philadelphia. I graduated from the University of the Arts (BFA in Painting and Drawing, 2000) and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (Certificate in Painting, 2005), both located in Philadelphia. Since 2010, I have owned and operated Jed Williams Gallery, located at 615 Bainbridge St., where I showcase local emerging and mid-career artists (mostly abstract/mixed media painting, sculpture, and photo), as well as my own art process (my own art studio is located behind the main gallery space).
[Jed's current show, featuring a series of his larger works, along with art by Robin Halpren-Ruder, closes January 20th. See below for details.]
What projects are you currently working on?
Currently, I am working on pencil drawings, and mixed media/collage/painting about Aspergers and how it feels. I am also working on a commission, and I have just finished a series of animal illustrations for an upcoming book of poetry by James E.D. Keating.
What inspires your work?
I am greatly influenced by the blending of a more nature-based, organic atmosphere of mystical spirituality with an urban, chaotic feeling reflecting the environment I live in. I strive to create a new and unique form of dreamy semi-abstraction in which I mix more or less recognizable shapes—such as, among others, musical instruments, fruits, pin-up girls and toys, referring to objects of symbolic significance for me personally and in the context of our culture—with sculpturally developed abstract shapes resonating with organic life forces. My work thus effects a play on the mixing, merging, and shifting recognizability of diverse symbols and iconography in our unconscious and our emotions. The images I make simultaneously stem from intense inner turmoil and wonder, and from my fascination with certain images and symbols.
Is there anything else you would like people to know?
I like Indian food a lot. And pizza. And I teach French. My dad was the late great poet C.K. Williams. And my mom is a jeweler.
Check out more of Jed Williams' work at his website, and at:
JED WILLIAMS GALLERY: 615 Bainbridge St.
Gallery hours: Thursday-Sunday, 4–7pm.
Show closing January 20th, featuring a series of larger works along with art by Robin Halpren-Ruder.
Liliglow Boutique: 3874 Lancaster Avenue (West Philadelphia)
Ongoing show featuring a series of small/mid-sized deco/expressionist abstracts.