Gallery Exhibit: Randy Elliott & Richard Williams, The Narrative Tradition in the 21st Century
The Narrative Tradition in the 21st Century: The Art of Randy Elliott and Richard Williams
Gallery at the Ann Felton Multicultural Center
Monday, March 5 - Tuesday, April 10
Monday - Friday: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Artist Reception & Talk: Wednesday, March 7, 11 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Storytelling is at the center of the images created by artists, Richard Williams and Randy Elliott. Each image they create transports their viewers into a world specifically designed to convey the key elements of that unique storyline. In this sense, they are Visual Problem Solvers. Unlike artists that create purely from their own motivations, Williams and Elliott have spent decades bringing to life the visions of others. To do this, both men have developed their abilities to capture the perfect image for their clients. Drawing upon the Western Realist tradition and the rich heritage of American Illustration, Williams’ and Elliott’s paintings are easily accessible to the average viewer. Their people look like people. Environments have the ring of truth to them, even if they represent some alien or fantastic setting. For them Art is not about obfuscation and self-expression, rather it is about communication through discipline - the discipline of dedication to the figurative and illustrative traditions.
About Richard Williams:
As a self-taught illustrator I was able to side step the many academic pit falls that plague contemporary artists, such as the belief that drawing skills are not important. My work is steeped in the tradition of craftsmanship and the importance of the narrative. Art in my opinion serves a social function, which can encompass selling a product to the public or making critical commentary on society and culture, and anything in between. To accomplish this, the artist needs to communicate in a simple, clear and powerful way. To do this one needs to have a firm grasp of the basic skills of draftsmanship, color, painting technique and storytelling.
About Randy Elliott:
Randy Elliott began his professional art career in 1988, inking the Dungeons & Dragons, Dragonlance comic book for DC Comics. That job began a career that continues until the present. Over the course of the last twenty-odd years, Randy has inked and/or penciled comic books for DC, Archie, Marvel, Dark Horse, Valiant and a number of smaller publishers. He has also painted images for clients like, Wizards of the Coast, Alderac Entertainment Group, Battlefront Miniatures, Hasbro and others.