Jan Williams’ paintings focus on memory and identity. Painted by layering tinted lime wash on board, marks are left by the rubbing away of the lime-wash layers. Williams’ choice of lime-wash is significant, a memory from her childhood of the annual lime-washing of the cowsheds and buildings on the family farm.
This continuous paint/erase method creates surfaces that are alive to the play, not only of chance, but that of editing and choice. The initially minimal paintings slowly reveal a complex tension between surface and depth that creates a space for haunting, half remembered transitional spaces.
Jan Williams is an artist based in Cardiff, Wales in the United Kingdom. She was brought up on a farm near Brecon in Mid Wales. Currently she is the Chair of the Kings Road Artist Studios in Pontcanna, Cardiff.
Her work focuses on concerns with memory, identity, the temporary, the transient and a sense of place. The marking of the passage of time and the ambiguity of transitional states are also interests she explores through the medium of paint, photography and installation.
This website was initially created to record the artist’s journey through master’s degree. It now serves as an archive for her developing practice and exhibition profile.
Recording her work, thought processes and anything that interests her on the periphery of her practice along the way it is a unique incite into Jan Williams art, her processes and placing it within a wider professional context.
BA Installation – June 2009
Masters Installation – Sept 2012
JAN WILLIAMS – CV
2009 – 2012 – Cardiff School of Art and Design, MFA
2006 -2009 – Cardiff School of Art and Design, BA Hons, Fine Art (1st Class)
2005 – 2006 – Coleg Glan Hafren, Cardiff, Access to Art and Design.
July 2010 – Basement Residency, The Milkwood Gallery, Roath, Cardiff
Helen Gregory Memorial Trust, Purchase Award, 2009 – Selected by Professor Michael Tooby.
2016 – Painting for ‘Hafan y Coed’ , University Hospital Llandough, Cardiff
2009 – Paintings for the Rheumatology Ward, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff
2009 – Helen Gregory Purchase Prize painting on display at Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff
May/June 2016 – ‘Threads- Memory in Focus’, group show, Oriel yr Aelwyd, Llandough Hospital, Cardiff
April/May 2016 – ‘Penarth Pavilion Open Art Exhibition’ 2016
January 2016 – Solo Exhibition, ‘Jan Williams An Exhibition of Paintings and Photography 2009- 2015’, Old Hall Gallery, Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan
December 2015 – ‘Christmas Exhibition’, Oriel Canfas, Canton Cardiff
July 2015- Short-listed for ‘The Royal West of England Academy Annual Open Exhibition’
December 2014 – ‘Christmas Exhibition’. Oriel Canfas, Canton Cardiff
September 2014 – ‘Creative Responses to Dementia’ – MADE Gallery Roath, Cardiff
August 2014 – New Blood – Kooywood Gallery, Cardiff
July 2014 – ‘From the Other Side’- Group Exhibition, MADE Gallery, Roath, Cardiff
April 2014 – ‘Architecture and the Mind’ plus Artist Talk , Talgarth Mill Gallery, Talgarth, Brecon.
June 2013- ‘How the Light Gets In’, – Conversations between Art, Science and Health, Group Exhibition, MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics at Cardiff University Bay Art, Cardiff
Jan 2013 – ‘Inside Out’ – (With Andy Short), Llanover Hall Gallery, Canton, Cardiff
Nov 2012 – ‘Marking Diction’ , Group Exhibition – Mapping Contemporary Painting in Cardiff, Milkwood Gallery, Cardiff.
Sept 2012 – Masters Exhibition, Howard Gardens Gallery, Cardiff.
Oct 2011 – ‘Made in Roath’, Group Exhibition – Masters Students from UWIC
Oct 2011 – ‘Made in Roath’, Collaborative Exhibition in the ‘Mind’ building, Newport Road Cardiff.
Sept 2011 – ‘Echelon’ – Collaborative Exhibition, Milkwood Gallery, Cardiff
July 2011 – ‘KRAS’, Somebody People – Group Exhibition, The Old Dairy Kings Road , Pontcanna, Cardiff
April 2011 – Collaborative Exhibition, ‘Jazz Cakes 100’, Milkwood Gallery, Cardiff.
March 2011 – Collaborative Exhibition, ‘Jazz Cakes 100′, The Royal Standard, Liverpool.
September 2010 – ‘UWIC Emerging Artist’s, Group Exhibition’, Wales Millenium Centre , Cardiff
August 2010 – ‘Kings Road Artist Studio Artists, Group Exhibition’, The Old Library, Cardiff
July 2010 – Basement Residency Exhibition, ‘It’s in the Corners That You’ll Find It’, The Milkwood Gallery, Cardiff
March 2010 – Collaborative Exhibition, ‘Jazz Cakes 100′, Studio B, Cardiff
Dec 2009 – ‘MFA Group Exhibition’, Howard Gardens, Cardiff
Nov 2009 – ‘The Freezing Art Fair’, St Davids 2, Cardiff
August 2009 – ‘New Contemporaries’, Group Exhibition, Lloyd Gill Gallery, Weston Super Mare
July 2009 – ‘UWIC New Graduates’, Group Exhibition, Capitol Gallery, Cardiff
June 2009 – ‘BA Degree Show’, Cardiff School of Art and Design, Howard Gardens Cardiff
November 2008 – ‘BA Group Exhibition’, Capitol Gallery, Cardiff
March 2008 – ‘BA Group Exhibition’, Jacobs Market, Cardiff
PAINTINGS USING LIME-WASH.