Hadley Williams’ work is the culmination of her interest in mixed-media exploration and meticulous attention to pattern and arrangement. In her abstract paintings, Williams uses repeated, handmade forms to create clusters, fields or grids. Repetition and pattern are important themes in her work, the fine details of which are best absorbed in person as her rhythmic application results in compositions that pull the viewer into the picture plane.
Williams’ recent works incorporate paper, gouache, acrylic and graphite on canvas. She cuts vintage paper to make a grid of individual units that she then connects with another layer, such as graphite circles, sprayed acrylic paint, circles made of gouache on watercolor paper, or pinholes. Williams collects paper such as old diner receipts, and later cuts and reassembles them into new forms adding acrylic paint which produces compositions that are exact, yet soft and dynamic at the same time. Again, we see the focus on repetition in her work and in this case, connecting different materials through pattern. The longer you look at one of her compositions, the more that piece seems to evolve before your eyes as new lines, patterns, and details emerge.
Hadley explores separation and relatedness, perfection and imperfection in her work. These contradictory themes find confluence in her art, creating pieces that are both quiet and active.
Hadley Williams is an actively exhibiting artist whose work has exhibited throughout the Bay Area including the Oakland Museum of California, O’Hanlon Center for the Arts in Mill Valley, Arc gallery in San Francisco, and Berkeley Civic center. Her art is published in California Home + Design magazine, the literary journal 580 Split, the Berkeley Times and the Piedmont Post. Hadley’s work is in corporate and private collections in the United States and Switzerland. She has her MFA in Studio Arts from John F. Kennedy University and currently lives and works in the East Bay.