Jonathan Williams is a Cardiff (Wales, UK) based Artist , Illustrator and Lecturer in Illustration at The University of Wales Trinity St Davids in Swansea. He has illustrated over 30 books in the UK and Europe and worked in design and publishing studios in London, Barcelona and Buenos Aries. He has a Masters Degree in Graphic Communication and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education. He designed and produced the Captain Scott memorial sculpture situated in Cardiff Bay that was opened by the Princess Royal in 2003. His work has been exhibited in group and solo exhibitions in Cardiff and London and he was highly commended at the Welsh Artist of the year ceremony in 2013.
I was producing illustrations over 30 years ago before ever knowing the meaning of reportage, drawing down a working mine or on a tug boat, pulling an iron ore tanker into Port Talbot docks, documenting the decline of heavy industry in South Wales. Responding to our environment is just what I did as a teenager. Only now when I look back at these drawings do I appreciate the importance of what I was doing.
All work I complete on location from life and no photographic reference material is ever used, the immediacy of the moment and response is of central importance to me.
I have since gone on producing work reflecting life in Europe, South America and Asia. The aim is always to be aware of life as it is happening, experiencing the moment, embracing the fluidity and flux. To create without preconceptions, to recognise and accept the mundane as these also have merit. To attempt to recognise and appreciate the random underlay which is the texture of life and not be blinded by familiarity. We should value these subtle and unpretentious moments and aim to experience the whole, embrace all without restriction and consider them in their uniqueness and acknowledge their virtues.
Nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect.
Welcome to the gallery of life......