acrylic on canvas
144 x 164 cm
Finalist – The Archibald Prize 2017, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Paul Williams is a Sydney-based artist whose work blurs the line between painting, drawing and sculpture. He has a Master of Fine Art from the College of Fine Arts in Sydney, where he won the university medal in 2007.
‘Paul is an amazing artist and one of my closest friends,’ says Marc Etherington.
‘His studio is located in an industrial area and used to be a trucking office. The walls are covered in wild plaid wallpaper from another era, which has made its way into many of his works. There are thick shaggy rugs, an abundance of well-cared-for plants, a record player, guitars and a warming light that shines through the windows, illuminating his work.’
‘I wanted to capture Paul amongst the creativity, chaos and energy of his welcoming studio interior, which belies the frustration, uncertainty, anxiety and coffee consumption prevalent in his life as an artist,’ says Etherington.
Born in Sydney in 1973, Etherington is a self-taught artist who works out of his garage in the suburb of Gymea making paintings and wooden sculptures that reference his daily life and popular culture. He was a finalist in the 2016 Sulman Prize. This is his third time in the Archibald Prize.