About Artist Kevin Williams
The Start of it All
Kevin was born in 1960 and raised by his Mother Joyce in Ty Rhiw, Taff’s Well on the northern boundary of Cardiff, just beyond the fairy-tale Victorian Gothic style folly of Castell Coch. He attended Ffynnon Taf Primary school where he developed his passion for rugby as a talented outside-half before attending Radyr Comprehensive School from where his love of art was to first take root. Kevin wasn’t exactly short of inspiration as his home village and adjacent area was a rich source of industrial, geographical, geological and topographical landmarks which fed Kevin’s imagination.
The Walnut Tree Viaduct, Taff Gorge, the eleven railway track arteries that ran through the village, old mines & colleries, Graig Yr Allt hill, Coed y Bedw Woodland Reserve, Fforest Fawr Woodland, Glamorganshire Canal, Little Garth Mountain, the Taff River and of course the imposing Garth Mountain (which was to be the inspiration for another village son and Hollywood Director Christopher Monger in his film, ‘The Englishman who went up a hill and came down a Mountain’) - were all within spitting distance of Kevin’s front door.
The Move to the Midlands
As his passion for art fermented, he left Taff’s Well to undertake a foundation course in Art at Birmingham Art College in 1979 before moving on to the West Midlands College of Higher Education in Walsall where he completed a BA Degree in Visual Communications. This subtle shift in direction led Kevin to spells as a Graphic Designer and Photographer although he still managed to hold his first solo art exhibition at The Watershed Gallery Bristol in 1983, which opened to critical acclaim plus the odd piece of commissioned work. His professional path was to eventually lead him to work in local government where he rose to the position of Service Manager in charge of the Print & Design Department of Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council where he freely admits “I lost touch with my own artistic impetus and became institutionalised”.
The Big Decision
In 2014 and after after 20 years of working in this sector, Kevin re-ignited his creative juices to quit his senior position and start ‘Frank Image Ltd.’ which still runs today providing design, illustration, photography and video services, while it was during this time that he would begin to move closer to his fine art roots in his spare time. He was recently inducted into the Wolverhampton Society of Artists whilst he is the current holder of Newhampton Arts Centre, ‘Paint the day’ Artist of the Year award. He has exhibited 5 paintings in two galleries in Wolverhampton in 2018 and his work is to be included in a Publication to commemorate the Wolverhampton Society of Artists Centenary year in 2019.
The Even Bigger Decision!
The watershed moment in his life came in 2018 when Kevin finally decided to concentrate 100% on fine art and set about organizing his first major solo art show featuring over 40 pieces of work all on the theme of the village in which he grew up. The two-week long exhibition called ‘Both Sides of the River’, runs from 6th-20th April 2019 at Fagins Ale and Art House, Taff's Well and will feature watercolour, oil, pencil and charcoal creations of scenes from Taff’s Well and Gwaelod y Garth. The www.kevinwilliamsart.co.uk website will continue to be the showcase for Kevin's talents, paintings and drawings as he reaches out to share his art with the wider world across all painting and drawing mediums.
His artistic talents don't stop at art as his acclaimed blues guitar playing has seen his band featured on mainstream radio together with a hefty performance schedule in between recording their own original material. Kevin is married to Lois and has a 20-year-old son, a stepdaughter and two step-grandchildren. They all live in Wolverhampton although Kevin commutes back and forth on a weekly basis to his family home in Taff’s Well preparing for the day when his heart finally re-unites permanently with his spiritual home.