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"Her work deserves to be as well-know as those of her fellow 1961 John Moores prize-winners, Blake, Blow, Hockney, Kitaj, Kossoff, McWilliam and Uglow." Huon Mallalieu
Evelyn Jane Brendan Williams, artist, born 21 January 1929; died 14 November 2012.
Evie, as she was known, was born in London...
...Hardly a day in her working life was not spent, in part or whole, in her calm and quiet studio in Finsbury Park, north London. On her easel, a matter of weeks before her death, was an ambitious image of an effulgent ruby red flowering shrub. From her earliest drawings, vision, dream and reality combined; she characterised her work as "inner thoughts, other worlds." (https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2012/dec/04/evelyn-williams)
She received little recognition in her lifetime from the Art Establishment but her work is greatly valued by many people who own her drawings, paintings and reliefs. A book recording their appreciation has been recently published. David Lee has said of the book: “I think it is the most honest and authentic book about an artist I’ve ever read. Everything in it is felt and genuine. Her work is borne into the future on a tidal wave of love. Nobody exaggerates and everyone addresses the work directly, which is a testimony to how Evie’s work drags you straight into the profundities of life. Evie’s work will be looked at, understood and valued in a hundred years. This is the best reward for any artist neglected in their own time, that their work transcends fashion and touches us forever.” (http://www.evelynwilliams.com/)
Williams once said: ‘If I have any admirers at all, they tend to be women.’ She was asked what these women said. ‘That’s just how I feel’, was the reply. As one of her numerous male fans I appreciate that women may be able to empathise with many of these images – none more than those of motherhood – closer than we men can. John McEwen (http://www.evelynwilliams.com/about-evelyn-williams.htm#obituaries)