Clive Williams

Clive Williams (1944-2015)

Clive Williams was born in Plymouth. He came from generations of Devon farming stock and the inspiration for his work was always closely connected with the land.

Williams began his training at Plymouth College of Art and Design in 1960, where he remained until 1964. The following year was spent at the Institute of Education at London University from which he emerged with his teaching qualification in 1966. A full time teaching career then followed until he retired in 1996 and moved to Cornwall to devote his time to freelance tuition and full time painting. He became involved in a number of art societies including the Penzance Arts Club, the Penzance Society of Artists, where he rose to Chairman, the Plymouth Society of Artists, later becoming director of the St. Ives Society of Artists.

Williams’ most formative training was with his close friend, Lar Cann at Plymouth. Both Williams and Cann developed a more abstract approach than Cann’s tutor, Alexander Mackenzie, but all three artists shared remarkably similar professional backgrounds, pursued teaching careers in Cornwall and were regularly involved in group exhibitions together.  Williams exhibited extensively in Cornwall, though his shows were by no means confined to that county, and other exhibitions of his work were held throughout the country including several in London.

His work is held in the collections of Falmouth Town Museum and Art Gallery, Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery, Monmouth School collection and the Groucho Club, London. as well as numerous private collections throughout the U.K., France, Germany, Holland, Spain and the USA.

In 2014 a monograph entitled ‘Some Paintings and Sketches’ was published with an appreciation by Lar Cann and, after a long and distinguished teaching and exhibiting career, Clive Williams passed away in 2015 following a long illness.

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