Marian Williams

Marian Williams

Roquebrune sur Argens, Var, France

About Marian Williams

Born in Rotterdam in 1962, Marian Williams lives and works in France.
Although art is all around within the family, Marian choses to take various detours in life to finally arrive at her true passion.

After studying physical education and physiology she specialises in management of sport events. A career that continues after arriving in France in 1987, as managing director of a New York based design company.

Her passion for art, graphics and images never left her and in 2010 she definitely turns towards collage, painting and sculpting.
Since, her work has been on show in France, England, Italy, Albania, the Netherlands, Serbia and in the USA.

Whilst recycling objects, authentic photos and original illustrations from vintage magazines and books, dating from 1900, she creates dynamic, striking and colourful analog compositions.

The artist’s approach to collage is rich and large; from different angles, formats and styles; on paper, canvas, mosaics or as sculptures.

The mixed media compositions are created with paper, ink, pastels, acrylic and oil paint.
Printed material is cut, ripped or torn and sometimes used as ink transfers.
The ‘recycle art’ sculptures are installations and compositions made out of vintage three dimensional elements.
 
The works, influenced by pop art, surrealism and dadaism, show originality and freshness, in which classical art, retro chic, and kitsch are combined in a challenging way.

The artist's political engagement for the environment, women's rights, freedom and social justice, are recurring themes.
Her story telling is sincere, expressed in various ways, sometimes minimalist, sometimes complex.


'When I was five years old I jumped in a bin at school to save schoolbooks from the 1950's which had been thrown away.
Everything about these book was precious to me; the images, the letter type, the torn pages, the colours and the memories.
They reflected the history of daily life gone by. They were art to me.

I believe art is to be found everywhere, and should be accessible to all.

Collage for me it is the most enjoyable and accurate form of expression.
It is story telling; transforming images that are charged with concepts and ideas into new compositions.

I try to create harmony and movement in each work, playing with space, light, colour and a sense of humour.
With my compositions I hope to make the viewers question what is normal and expected.

I was born in a free country and raised in an eccentric family who fought for equal rights, emancipation and social justice.

I hope to be a source of inspiration to the younger generation; to think independently, question society and create their own destiny."

Education

Baccalauréat, Rotterdam, Netherlands, 1974 - 1980
Academy for Physical Education and Physiotherapy, The Hague, Netherlands, 1980 - 1984

Events

Summer 2020 :
Works are on show at the Beverly's Art Galleries in Cannes and Vence, France

Exhibitions

2020
March - Installation 'Cabinet Curiosité', Pole Culturel and Musée des ATP, Draguignan
Jan 29 - Feb 15 - Group Exhibition 'BLUE', Mairie d'Honneur, Saint Raphael

2019
Nov- Participation to STEEL, Centre culturel, Saint Raphael
Oct 19 - 26 - Solo Exhibition Octobre Rose, Le Village des Talents Créatifs
July - Sept - Participation to L'Émoi d'Été, Pole Culturel, Draguignan
July - Solo exhibition Stuarts Galerie, Novi Sad, Serbia
June - Participation top ‘Base Art’, Saint Raphael
Feb 7 - June 1, Participation to ‘Retro Fantastic’, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Feb - Tout en Art, Les Issambres

2018
Oct - Participation to ‘Wood’, group show, Saint Raphael
Sept - ‘Pop Up Gallery and Shop’, Atelier Emma, Saint Raphael
March - Participation to ‘Occupez vous de vos fesses’, Aix en Provence

2017
July, NYFACAB, Group show Bargemon
Jan - Participation to ‘Rond’, Centre Culturel, Saint Raphael

2016
Aug - ‘Let’s Face it’, Solo exhibition La Galerie de Stephen Paul, Roquebrune sur Argens
July - ‘Meet and Greet at Mugs’, Saint Raphael
May - Solo exhibition 'Curiosity', Fréjus
May - Participation to 'Show One Shot Sculpture', Fréjus
March - Participation to 'Carré', Centre Culturel, Saint Raphael

2015
Dec - 'Le Salon des Beaux Arts', Salles du Carrousel du Louvre, Paris
Nov- Feb - Participation to 'Olivia Moelo Invite' Batterie du Cap Nègre, Six Fours
Nov - Participation to 'Made in Japan 2', Mairie d'Honneur, Saint Raphael
Sept - Participation to 'Villefranche sur Art', Villefranche sur Mer
June - Participation to 'GOLD' exhibition, Art Life Gallery, Saint Raphael
May - Participation to charity auction sales at Clos des Roses, Fréjus
Avril - Participation to 'Doll'Art' exhibition, Art Life Gallery, Saint Raphael
March - Opening permanent exhibition cabinet radiology, Puget
March - Participation to 'Le Printemps chez Peugeot', Puget
March - Participation to 'Talents de Femmes ', Centre de Congres, Saint Raphael
Jan - Participation to 'GREY', centre culturel, Saint Raphael

2014
Nov, Exhibition in print KOLAJ Magazine, http://www.kolajmagazine.com/exhibition/the-face-in-collage.html
Oct - Exhibition 'Dutch artists in France', Espace Culturel Théoule
Aug - Participation to the ' Biennale in Durres', Durres, Albania
Aug - Solo exhibition during the month of August at Plan de la Tour
June - Sept - Permanent installation at Atelier d'Art Olivia Moélo, Sainte Maxime
May- Sept - 'Gevleugeld', Galerie Zwaluwenburg, Elburg,Netherlands
May - June - Participation to the Spoleto Biennale; 'Devoted to Dialogue', Spoleto, Italy
March - 'Liberté des Femmes' , Espace Culturel de Port Fréjus, Fréjus
Feb - Solo exhibition at the Casino in Port- Fréjus

2013 
Dec -Solo exhibition at Clos des Roses, Fréjus
Nov - Participation to 'Re-Creation', Espace Paquebot, Fréjus
Nov - Installation ' Le Jeudi c'est verni ', at So Creation, Fréjus
Oct - ‘Parallax Art Fair', Chelsea Town Hall, King's Road, London, UK
Oct - Permanent installation at Franklins, London, UK
May - Sept - 'Concept of Man' at Galerie Zwaluwenburg, Elburg, Netherlands
April - 'Le Printemps aux P'tits Châteaux', Saint Aygulf
April - Sept, Permanent installation at Atelier d'Art Olivia Moélo, Sainte Maxime
March - Solo exhibition 'Moving On' at Clos des Roses, Fréjus
Feb - 'Naughty Gras' exhibition, Joseph Sisters Gallery, Leesville, USA
 
2012
Sept - Solo exhibition 'Long Story Short Continued', Staal, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Summer, Installation at Anjuna Beach, Eze
Mai - August , Solo exhibition 'Long Story Short' at Dylans, Rotterdam, Netherlands
January , Solo exhibition 'Long Story Short' at Clos des Roses, Fréjus
 
2011
December- Solo exhibition at 'The Gowlett Arms', London, UK
November - March 2012, Installation Le Shop 17, Cannes
April- Solo exhibition 'The Art of Inferior Decoration' at Atelier Cepalakata, Fréjus