||Peter M Lamont
Deborah Williams is a nationally recognised visual artist living in Melbourne, Australia.
A keen observer of the canine realm and our own in relation to it, her artistic perspectives have been further informed by frequent travels to remote locales where she has explored culturally relative attitudes to both pet ownership and abandonment. Observing the dog in situ with a singular perspective across cultures, contexts and sometimes, difficult circumstances, Deborah sees the dog not as a breed above, apart or beyond, but of its own.
Stripped of artifice and transmogrification, instinctive nature and design emerge that drawing on a deeper spirit, a simple respect for form, character and kind. Her subjects are captured in a moment, untethered by leash or love, in command of the immediate place in his/her world. She depicts the dog as dog. Deborah has held regular solo exhibitions since 1993 and participated in numerous group exhibitions within Australia and overseas.
Deborah’s work has been acquired by many public, University and private collections in Australia and Internationally including Portland Art Museum, Oregon, USA; University of Melbourne, Baillieu Library Special Collections, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; Art Gallery of New South Wales; Latrobe Picture Collection, State Library of Victoria, Australia; The Chicago Print Collective Workshop, USA and the Chiang Mai Contemporary Art Museum, Thailand.
Deborah has also had substantial experience in the Tertiary Education sector including Lecturing, Teaching, Technical and student support roles. She completed her Masters by Research at the National Art School, Sydney in 2011. Deborah works at RMIT in the Visual Arts TAFE program teaching Printmaking and is the Advanced Diploma Coordinator. She also lectures sessionally in the Drawing and Printmedia department at the Victorian College of the Arts, School of Art.