Working primarily in painting and drawing, Jamie Gray Williams utilizes fantasy and humor to explore questions about inter-subjective limits and the complex relationships of mind and body, imagination and reality, self and others.
Jamie Gray Williams, Shared Saliva, 2023, Acrylic and oil on canvas, 32 x 26 in
Her wild, expressive and often humorous oil and acrylic paintings possess a canny energy and fluidity, beginning life as intuitively conjured drawings.
Jamie Gray Williams, Pisseuse, 2022, Acrylic and oil on canvas, 74 3/4 x 55 in
Jamie Gray Williams, The Stream and the Spigot, 2022, Acrylic and oil on canvas, 78 x 58 in
Her work opens our eyes to a kind of physical theater, where our existence with and within the human body is exposed as an absurd and curious psychological experience.
Jamie Gray Williams, Light Passing Through Both Ends, 2023, Acrylic and oil on canvas, 32 x 26 in
Sophia Larigakis from Artforum writes: Citing classic slapstick, the figures in Jamie Gray Williams’s paintings and drawings loom in tragicomic disarray. Squirming, tripping, poking, tumbling––their bodies are both unmoored from any discernible surroundings and completely at the mercy of unseen obstacles. These genderless, guileless creatures, their noses squishy and upturned, limbs scribbled like markings on craft-store pen-tester pads, are loopily fatalistic.
Jamie Gray Williams, Pseudo Couple, 2023, Acrylic and oil on canvas, 60 x 50 in
...Williams’s paintings offer a less articulated––but no less nuanced––account of dynamism; her figures are often doubled, shown contemplating a perversion of their reflection, a slippage between selves.
Jamie Gray Williams, Identity Crisis, 2023, Acrylic and oil on canvas, 32 x 26 in