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Owen Williams: (1935 – 2007)


Exhibition: Owen Williams (1935-2007)
Dates: February 29 – April 2, 2008
Opening Reception: Friday, March 7, 2008 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Location: Temple Gallery, 330 South Scott Avenue, in the Temple of Music and Art.
The Temple Gallery is managed by Etherton Gallery
Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday, 10-6 p.m. and prior to performances
Contact: Terry Etherton, Hannah Glasston, Daphne Srinivasan
info@ethertongallery.com, 624-7370

The Temple Gallery invites you to honor and celebrate the life and work of long time Tucson artist, Owen Williams, who passed away in October of 2007. The exhibition will present a varied selection of artwork from his estate, the proceeds in part to benefit the Tucson Museum of Art, according to his wishes. The Temple Gallery is located at 330 S. Scott Avenue in the Temple of Fine Art. The exhibition will run from February 29 – April 2, 2008. An opening reception will be held on Friday, March 7th from 5:30 pm to – 7:30 pm. Regular Temple Gallery hours are 10am – 6pm Monday through Friday and prior to Arizona Theatre Company performances.

A very popular local artist and longtime Tucson Museum of Art member and volunteer, painter Owen Williams was known not only for his artwork but for his unflagging support of local artists and the Tucson art community. From local fundraisers to art openings, Owen, bright in a Hawaiian shirt and fresh flat top hair-cut, could always be found mingling with his many friends in the Tucson art scene, during his 30 plus year art career. He will be greatly missed by many and we are pleased to offer this retrospective sale of work in his honor.

Throughout his career, Williams’ signature as an artist was his respect for the viewer. He believed that a work of art was incomplete until the viewer entered the creative process and created meaning. Williams worked out his ideas in a sophisticated, well-known series of three-dimensional “kinetic paintings.” Kinetic paintings were composed of strips of metal or plastic painstakingly attached to one another at 90º angles and mounted on board. The final image resembled a sheet of wood or plastic folded into accordion pleats and mounted on board. The painting could be read right to left or left to right, producing different images as the viewer moved around the painting. The kinetic paintings produced multiple images and therefore multiple potential readings. In a later series Colors, Signs, Symbols and Symbiosis, Williams pared down his working method. The work from this series consisted of fused pigment on aluminum, and was untitled, dated to indicate when an image was completed, and assigned a Roman numeral only to indicate its place in the series. The work was intentionally ambiguous and abstract. Williams thought of each image as a page in a small book of poems, appropriate for an artist who was also an elegant writer. Owen Williams, generous in life and his art, declined to impose his authorial prerogative to dictate the meaning of his work. He chose instead to invest the viewer with the authority to determine meaning, impressing upon us the democratic nature of art.


Owen Williams (1935-2007)

Owen Williams was born in Douglas, AZ in 1935 and graduated from the University of Arizona in 1958. He obtained a degree in dentistry from Baylor University in 1961 and subsequently served in the U.S. Navy until 1964. He returned to Tucson and was a practicing dentist until 1975, when he left his practice to pursue a career as an artist. Williams exhibited widely in Arizona. His work is in the permanent collections of the Tucson Museum of Art, the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh, the Museo Estudio Diego Rivera, Mexico and the State University of New York at Albany.

For more information about Owen Williams, please contact Etherton Gallery (which manages the Temple Gallery) at 520-624-7370 or email us at info@ethertongallery.com.


Gallery hours are Monday - Friday 10am-6pm
and prior to Arizona Theatre Company performances

The Temple Gallery is managed by
Phone: 520-624-7370

at the Temple of Music and Art
330 South Scott Avenue
Tucson, Arizona

Etherton - Temple Gallery