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David Williams Paints Intense Planetary Scenes in "Travelers: Off to Mars" Exhibition

Exploring the inevitability of death through imagined worlds.

David Williams gets to the soul of mixed media collage, ensnaring an alluring vibrancy through texture, rich colors and a kaleidoscope of subjects and shapes that blur the lines between surrealism and abstraction. Williams conceptualizes a euphoric and lush otherworld, spearheading a fantastical approach to image-making across his compositions populated with a tableaux of both expressive and mysterious characters set against planetary atmospheres.

For his latest solo exhibition at Padre Gallery, entitled “THE TRAVELERS: OFF TO MARS,” Williams seemingly invites curious onlookers to immerse themselves in his imagined worlds and elevate their curiosity when observing his painterly enfilade of allegorical fantasies. There are more questions than there are answers when it comes to contemplation on Williams’ works — much like humankind’s musings of the vast expanse of space.

The celebration of life and the inevitability of death are overarching themes in his pieces, as he expresses: “In a nutshell, inspiration comes from experience and process, and the materials used. I don’t necessarily believe that inspiration is the main driving force behind the work of an artist,” says Williams. “Rather, for me, it’s more about a necessity to keep your mind, hands, and eyes busy and all working together; which might help understand a myriad of curiosities and questions. Those questions, to me are often about life and death, and the human condition of being alive… and lately, there has been a lot of pondering the inevitability that humans will eventually have to leave Earth.”

Head to Padre Gallery’s website for more information. “THE TRAVELERS: OFF TO MARS” is on view through May 1.

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Padre Gallery
60 E 80th St.
New York, NY 10075

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