Robert Williams

You may recognize this artist as the founder of Juxtapoz Art & Culture Magazine. Robert Williams‘ work is a study in surrealism and allegory. From the title Through Prehensile Eyes: Seeing the Art of Robert Williams the VRC has cataloged 20 images for the SCAD community. These images are available in the Digital Image Database with an active MySCAD log-in.

“Robert Williams is intelligent, boisterous, and a hard-ass of an artist who expects us to be ‘ardent observers’ of his work and the world around us. No subject is taboo in his fast-paced visual novellas; no mental or emotional state, no racial or gender conflict, no addiction, no sex act, no religion, no ideology, no crime or orifice is left un-rendered. He democratically jams his finger hard into our soft underbellies and applies pressure to our inability to reconcile the inherent battle between mind and bodily matter. He shows us our shit from multiple vantage points – usually within the single frame of a 30-by-40-inch canvas. His work inspires immediate gut reactions – both euphoric and vile – and in both cases we need to take a deep breath and look a little harder.” (Linton, 8 )

Roberts, William. (1998). The Phallic Anvil Drop that Signifies a Bad Idea. Oil on canvas. 30 x 40 inches.

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