Painters & Sculptors Program 2018 Brittney Leeanne Williams

Painters & Sculptors Program

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Brittney Leeanne Williams

Chicago, IL

Brittney Leeanne Williams is a Chicago-based artist, originally from Los Angeles. Her work has been exhibited in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Miami, and Venice, Italy, as well as locally in Chicago and throughout the Midwest. Williams’s set design for the short film Self-Deportation has been featured at national and international film festivals, including at Anthology Film Archives in New York and the Pineapple Underground Film Festival in Hong Kong. Williams attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2017) and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2008-09). She was a 2017-18 artist-in-residence at University of Chicago (CSRPC/Arts + Public Life) and has previously held residencies at Chicago Artists Coalition (HATCH Projects) and Hyde Park Art Center (The Center Program).

“My work explores the Black body as a site of suffering, memorialization, and transcendence. Rather than constructing Blackness through ‘black’ skin, I use red to disrupt the viewer’s expectations, interpreting anew the figure carrying the Black experience. I excavate personal and familial histories to create surreal pastoral landscapes for these fictional red bodies to roam.”

  • Mommy and Me 2, 2017, oil paint and acrylic on canvas, 55 x 67 inches

  • Untitled (Lemon Tree in Victorville), 2018, oil paint and acrylic on canvas, 16 x 20 inches

  • Untitled (Birds of Paradise), 2018, acrylic on panel, 10 x 10 inches

  • Interceding Rock, 2018, oil paint and acrylic on canvas, 40 x 60 inches

Artworks shown are selected from works submitted by the artist in their grant application. All works are copyright of the artist or artist’s estate.