Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Kent Williams' painterly fountain.

In the world of modern art, Kent Williams is known for his imaginative portraits and paintings that seethe with his unique, Expressionistic style.

 "New Spring" (2011, oil on canvas, 48 x 60 in.) 

"Blonde Natalia in Studio Arrangement" (2010, oil on linen, 44 x 48 in.)

In the comic book world, many are more familiar with the vivid personality he brought to known characters of Marvel, namely Wolverine and Havok.

From "Havok & Wolverine: Meltdown" published 1988

He also co-wrote "Blood: A Tale" with J.M. DeMatteis. His style is not traditional to what most would think at the mention of comic books. Williams' painterly style remains prominent in his sequential art and portrayal of characters, but often strives for an emotional impression through shape and color in lieu of realism or tangible form. It is very important to him that he has complete control over the artistic direction of any project he illustrates.

Darren Aronofsky originally wrote the script for "The Fountain" to be a movie, but was unable to produce it as such. He turned to the medium of graphic novels to bring his story to the people. Kent Williams took the opportunity to collaborate with Aronofsky, but only under the pretense that he had the liberty of artistic interpretation. "The Fountain" graphic novel ended up being the largest single project Williams had ever developed, and by many opinions the pillar of his brilliance.

You can view Williams' portfolio at his website: kentwilliams.com
An interview with Williams: http://www.bakmagazine.com/interviews/10/kent-williams
Here are some more scans from "The Fountain": http://naimoka.com/blog/2010/06/the-fountain/

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