Ian Williams (born 1976, Truro, UK) lives and works in Perth, Australia. Williams graduated with First Class Honours from Curtin University in 2018, where he is currently undertaking a doctoral degree in Fine Art (Painting). Williams has work in public and private collections including Artbank, Curtin University, North Metropolitan TAFE, University of Western Australia, and Town of Victoria Park. Williams was a finalist in the 2015 Bankwest Contemporary Art Prize (Perth), 2015 Macquarie Art Prize (Sydney), and the 2018 Perth Royal Show Art Prize.
Ian Williams’ practice is concerned with the interpretation of reality within virtual environments and how this can be expressed through painting. Employing found objects from video games, he utilises the conventions of still life painting to explore the properties of the virtual everyday object. Playing with the genre of still life, which typically presents inanimate subject matter, his works originate from the moving digital world. Selecting and exporting everyday objects from within video game environments, Williams’ creates painting compositions that toy with real world phenomena such as gravity, scale, and the forces of collision. Illuminated from first person perspective the viewer is placed within a vaguely familiar yet physically impossible choreography of objects.