|Oliver Williams, age 49, is a self-taught painter who grew up in a rural community in
Illinois. Many of his paintngs depict scenes of the mid to late 1950's of his small town
midwestern childhood. Oliver is oftentimes inspired for ideas for his paintings from
dreams and old family photos. He feels that his paintings come to him almost as
flashbacks, "An image that got stuck in my mind from the fifties will get jarred to
the surface because of something in the nineties and it becomes a painting." All of
Oliver Williams's paintings share an underlying unsettling quality. When asked about the
surreal, almost eerie quality of his work, Oliver explains that he tries to portray man's
inner fears in mundane, everyday settings
Oliver Williams' work was shown at the 1996
show "Chicago Collects" at the Chicago Cultural Center and the "Home"
show at Intuit in Chicago, 1998.