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Peter Williams in the studio.

For more than 40 years Williams has chronicled current and historical events, interspersing pictorial narratives with personal anecdotes and fictional characters in order to create paintings about the diverse experiences of Black Americans. With boldness and humor, he tackles the darkest of subjects including, but not limited to, police brutality, lynching, slavery, mass incarceration, and other realms of racial oppression. Williams uses cultural criticism to form new creation myths, retelling the history of America from fresh and cosmic perspectives.

Peter Williams lives in Wilmington, DE and is Senior Professor in the Fine Arts Department at the University of Delaware. He earned his MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and his BFA from Minneapolis College of Art and Design. His paintings are held in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Detroit Institute of Arts, MI; Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington; Howard University, Washington DC; Wayne State University, Detroit: Davis Museum at Wellesley College, MA; CCH Pounder Collection, New Orleans; Pizzuti Collection, Columbus, OH; the Mott-Warsh Collection in Flint, MI; The Bunker/Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection, Palm Beach; Jorge Perez Collection, Miami; Bill and Christy Gautreaux, Kansas City; and the McEvoy Collection, San Francisco, among others.

Peter Williams Colin Kaepernick I, 2017

Peter Williams
Colin Kaepernick I, 2017
Oil on canvas
24 x 18 in.

Peter Williams Colin Kaepernick II, 2017

Peter Williams
Colin Kaepernick II, 2017
Oil on canvas
24 x 18 in.

Peter Williams Special K, 2017

Peter Williams
Special K, 2017
Oil and pencil on canvas
30 x 30 in.

Peter Williams Special K II, 2017

Peter Williams
Special K II, 2017
Oil and pencil on canvas
30 x 30 in.

Peter Williams Special K III, 2017

Peter Williams
Special K III, 2017
Oil and pencil on canvas
30 x 30 in.

Peter Williams Special K (standing), 2017

Peter Williams
Special K (standing), 2017
Oil and pencil on canvas
50 x 40 in.

Peter Williams Special K (kneeling), 2017

Peter Williams
Special K (kneeling), 2017
Oil and pencil on canvas
50 x 40 in.

Peter Williams does not have sports heroes and generally dismisses them as players in the political sense. But Colin Kaepernick proves to be very different from the average player. Williams states that "he  has a point of view that includes his race (in the old days he would be considered a "race man"), which is rare amongst the plethora of sports hero's.  And he took to the knee to defy the lack of resistance to the killing of Blacks by others. He has turned his political stance into an ethos of respectability and resistance for all people."

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