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    plus and minus | 2010

    Daniel Williams
    Gesso, oil, oil stick, pencil and oil pastel on board
    73.8cm x 59.3cm

    Daniel celebrates the richness and intensity of colour through overlaying, combining and imposing colours on one another. These paintings mark a complete departure from his previous figurative and botanical work towards abstraction. Ambiguous textual marks often feature, essentially as graphic substance, while creating cognitive interplay. The use of negative space also creates either balance or imbalance within the picture field. Through the action of painting and mark-making an image gradually evolves.

    With no conscious intent to record the reference material for his work, Daniel may allude to forms as a result of looking, sometimes drawing from architecture or printed ephemera amongst other visual stimuli. Ultimately the subject is the paint and media. Beyond this is a combination of recall and reference to physical objects.

    Daniel has shown at The National Botanic Gardens of Wales, The Royal Horticultural Society, London, as well as private galleries, has work in collections in the UK, US and Malaysia and featured in the RHS publication The Orchid Review.

    Following an expedition to Sabah, Borneo in 2004, Daniel became the first person to paint the rare orchid Paphiopedilum ooii, now in the collection at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew accompanying an earlier drawing of the orchid Vanilla imperialis.

    Daniel Williams lives and works in South Wales, based in his studio, ‘Seventeen Traitors’ Lane’, a jettied Tudor house in the heart of Abergavenny, and trained at Middlesex University, London (2001-2002), and Blackpool and The Fylde College (University of Lancaster) between 2002-2005.


    Drawing of Vanilla imperialis for Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    Expedition to Mount Kinabalu in Sabah, Borneo.

    Became first person to paint rare orchid Paphiopedilum ooii, purchased by Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    Design and Art Directors’ (D&AD) Show, London.
    Christmas Show. The Art Shop, Abergavenny.
    Mixed Show. National Botanic Gardens of Wales.

    The Artist in The Garden. The Art Shop, Abergavenny.
    Second painting of Paphiopedilum ooii on behalf of its discoverer, Dr. Michael Ooi.

    The Royal Horticultural Society, London.
    Medicines in May. National Botanic Gardens of Wales.
    Christmas Show. The Art Shop, Abergavenny.

    Painting the Garden. Tuition for Arne Maynard Garden Design.
    Ramsay Prints, London.
    The Artist in The Garden. The Art Shop, Abergavenny.

    Arts Alive 20th Anniversary Auction, The Angel Hotel, Abergavenny.
    RHS Orchid Review Magazine.
    The Artist in The Garden. The Art Shop, Abergavenny.
    Christmas Show. The Art Shop, Abergavenny.
    Christmas Show. The Silk Top Hat, Ludlow.

    The Artist in The Garden. The Art Shop, Abergavenny.
    Christmas Show. The Art Shop, Abergavenny.

    Arts Alive Auction, 2011.
    Orkidealehti Magazine, Finland.
    The Artist in The Garden, Summer Show. The Art Shop, Abergavenny.
    December Collection 2011. Five Ways.
    Herefordshire & Wye Valley Life magazine.

    Reading Contemporary Art Fair.
    Summertime, Gallery at Home.
    Summer Show, Denise Yapp Contemporary Art.

    The Summer Collection 2013, Five Ways.
    Treasures Of The Black Mountains, Lower Cwm.
    The Long Winter Show 2013, The Art Shop, Abergavenny.

    25 Beautiful Homes magazine.

    Greenpoint, Gallery at Home.

    Constellation, Gallery at Home.

    After The Orchid (solo show), The Drawing Room, Hay-on-Wye.