Gallery One

Charles Williams
Lost + Found

December 2, 2016- January 21, 2017

First Friday Gallery Walk:
December 2, 2016 & January 6, 2017

Charles Williams, Lost and Found 2

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear. “

–Nelson Mandela

After a near-death experience in the water, artist, Charles Williams became fascinated with the emotional and physical power of the natural world. Through large-scale paintings of the ocean, self portraits, and video work, Williams explores the fear and awe he experienced as a child being swept up in an ocean current, and the freedom he has earned in overcoming that fear. Beyond the highly personal content of this series, Williams’ work investigates universal human emotion, and the racial implications of swimming. Through powerful self-portraits depicting the artist’s black body in goggles and swim trunks, Williams confronts the barriers to swimming that African Americans have traditionally faced in our culture. Additionally, a highly visceral presentation encourages an introspective experience of the work and asks viewers to consider their own notions of fear.

williams_charles03Charles Williams, See No Evil 2

CHARLES WILLIAMS is a professional contemporary realist painter from Georgetown, South Carolina, and a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Savannah, Georgia, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art. He is currently working on an MFA in painting at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Creating compelling landscapes in oil, Williams sets out to capture the human emotive response to the natural environment. Williams’ honors include the Hudson River Landscape Fellowship (Hunter, NY) and a 2015 summer artist residency at the McColl Center for Art + Innovation (Charlotte, NC). He has had several solo exhibitions including the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum (Myrtle Beach, SC), The Morris Museum of Art (Augusta, GA), and Winthrop University (Rock Hill, SC).  For more information, visit