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The Portrait as Starting Point


  • Ox-Bow 3435 Rupprecht Way Saugatuck, MI, 49453 (map)

PAINTING 614 001, 1 week, 1 credit hour

This class will focus on issues raised in painting, particularly portraits and self-portraits, translating what is known and seen into the formal vocabulary of paint. Sources will include direct observation of the subject and the imagination. Students will investigate form and content as well as materials and techniques. Students may choose to work with oil-based media with odorless solvents or water-based media. Slide lectures and critiques will be included.


Nyack, oil on canvas, 5” x 11”, 2013

Nyack, oil on canvas, 5” x 11”, 2013

The paintings of Peter Williams have been described by artist and writer William Eckhardt Kohler as “in no particular order: hallucinogenic, acerbic, pained, beautiful, confessional, obsessive, critical, jarring, wild, weird and profoundly human. They are born from Williams’ experiences of race, appetite, and physical vulnerability. The visual lexicon is a heady blend of psychedelic color, abstract pattern, and cartoon-manic imagery.” Most recently Williams has had solo exhibitions with Foxy Productions in New York City and Paul Kotula Projects in Detroit. Recipient of numerous grants, including a Joan Mitchell Award, his work was included in the 2002 Whitney Biennial and is in the permanent collection of the Detroit Institute of Art.

Earlier Event: June 4
Experimental Drawing Studio
Later Event: June 18
Blacksmithing: Sculptural Forms