The Blue Moon Café is playing host to a solo exhibition by Dave Williams.
The artist who trained at Canterbury College of Art in the late 60s has an unusual method of making work which creates illusory 3D textures on completely flat surfaces.
Williams has created his own method of mouth-blowing paint across constructed sculptural forms made from brown paper.
He uses his skill to capture the light and shadow cast by these forms in paint and then ‘stretches’ the paper flat. This is done by soaking the now painted paper in water and attaching it with gummed brown tape to a rigid surface.
When the paper dries out it will become completely flat. Only at this point does the artist know if he has managed to capture the 3D shapes of the sculptural form. Often the artist will go through this process a several times, repainting and restretching the paper to create richly layered and coloured surfaces. Brown paper is strong enough to withstand the stress of this process.
Dave WIlliams has work in public and private collections internationally. He lives and works in Doncaster.
“Often Dave’s work is mistaken for a digital print of a 3D form, and it is only when the process is described that the viewer really appreciates the effort gone into producing these visually remarkable pieces,” says Karen Sherwood of Cupola Contemporary Art who has curated the exhibition where the work is for sale from £75 to £2,500.
Collected Works by Dave Williams is at the Blue Moon Café, St James Row, Mondays to Saturdays, 8am-8pm until November 30.