About Neil Williams

Neil Williams’ practice has developed over the last 30 years. Initially taught as a sculptor, but since immigrating to Australia has focussed on painting and printmaking. Early works exploring identity and sense of place through his iconic bovine artworks, concurrently the landscape has always been an underlying interest, the romantic ideal of rural living and the notion of simpler times. Recent works exploring the colonial/post colonial history using historic reference and exploration, architectural remnants feature as not just structures but vessels of memories, stories waiting to be unravelled. These paintings almost a portal to the past, challenging us to reflect on the impermanence of life and of those that once inhabited the buildings, perhaps once bearing witness to joys of celebrations, or standing resilient in the face of life’s inevitable storms.

Born in England, Neil attended art school in the late 80’s, and then went on to study Fine Art at Coventry University. In 1997 he moved to Melbourne from the UK and immersed himself into the Melbourne art scene. He now resides in the small town of Flinders on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria.