Kent Williams

Kent Williams is a painter and graphic novelist born in New Bern, North Carolina in 1962. In addition to painting and illustration, Williams also works in printmaking, photography, design, architecture, and film. He began his career illustrating comics and graphic novels including Blood: A Tale in 1987 and Havok and Wolverine: Meltdown in 1988 with co-artist Jon J. Muth. His illustration output has been sparse but impressive and included a beautiful adaptation of The Fountain by filmmaker Darren Aranofsky in 2006.

His paintings and particularly his portraits have become the focus of his work. Williams has been the subject of a number of solo exhibitions with shows in New York City, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, among others. Kent Williams’ painting Trace Double-Portrait was exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., as part of the Outwin Boochever 2006 Portrait Exhibition.

A selection of his works on paper, Kent Williams: Drawings & Monotypes, was published in 1991, and Koan: Paintings by Jon J Muth & Kent Williams, was published in 2001. His monograph, Kent Williams, Amalgam: Paintings & Drawings, 1992-2007, with text by Edward Lucie-Smith and Julia Morton, is the most comprehensive collection of Williams’ work to date.

He lives and works in Los Angeles with his partner Soey Milk.

See more at Kent Williams’ official website.

All artwork © Kent Williams.