This month, Dean Close Art School will host an exhibition of paintings by Kim Williams, formerly an Artist in Residence at the School. Kim left Dean Close in 2007 and will bring back the work she has created over the last ten years in a show aptly entitled ‘Back to School’. The exhibition will start with a Private View on 16 January from 5.30-7.15, and will continue until 4 February.

Kim was born in Brecon in 1967 and studied at West Glamorgan Institute of Higher Education, Swansea, Cheltenham School of Art and The Royal Drawing School, London. Exhibiting widely in England, Wales and abroad, she has achieved a number of awards for her drawings including: Royal Overseas League, Hunting Art Prizes, Cleveland International Drawing Biennale and the Elizabeth Greenshields.

Kim’s work is inspired by the beauty of objects and spaces that she observes and experiences. This may be a group of apples, a vase of flowers, a landscape or an interior. Light plays a crucial role in her work and is most evident in her charcoal drawings of interiors. Her influences include painters of quiet, contemplative subjects such as Vermeer, Vuillard, William Nicholson and Gwen John.