Charlie Parker

Charlie Parker by EMMETT

Paintings of Charlie ‘Bird’ Parker and other jazz musicians will be featured in the artist’s upcoming solo-exhibition January 2019.

So please Check the Events Calendar on this site for details.

Solo 2019

Emmett Williams Solo Exhibition 2019 “Street Face”

Opening January 18th,  2019-February 28th, 2019.

Cofrin Gallery, Gainesville, FL 32607

8009 14th Avenue SW, Gainesville ,FL

Cubist Woman No. 29

Pictured to the above is a new installment in my Cubist Woman Series. It’s classic cubism with a little futurism thrown in for good measure. My view of futurism uses metalicised flesh. The chosen flesh tone blended with a dark tone on one side, and a light tone on the other. Applied at angles, then overlapping and wrapping the next form on top, and keeping my options open to cubisizing them with three-dimensional elements like simple 4 part box or cube shapes, achieved by line drafts over the area, finish by blending the sides on the edges. Focus on the edge of the line, touch them with a small brush or wadded cloth and just drag a little color to one side until it’s noticeable. Then try a light or white color on the other side of the darkened edge. Observe the contrast. The more you apply this technique, the more futuristic the whole painting becomes. 

In my mind I’m thinking about what portraiture, and figure painting in the future will look like….but I want to see it now.


Cubist Tree

I began a series of nature studies on 16 x 20 inch canvases. This is the one I enjoy the most of my nature studies. Earthy palette, and a brutalist tree in the center of the landscape demands to be seen.


Cubist Guitar

This is the sort of treatment I give when a musician is not playing. The musical instrument seems to beckon the musician to pick it up and start playing. It’s body morphs, and colors bleed in mock visual sound. Like an echo in an empty room. As if it has been put down or dropped, the audio reverberates inside the guitar and escapes into the emptiness, summoning a player.



“When I paint figures, I want to see all the parts. I want to look and see how everything connects to itself as well as look through it and see the space it occupies in the room, what lies behind it, below and above.”             


Urban Blue

“I enjoy urban themes in my art. Each work is like the square of a quilt that forms yet another window looking out into the city.”


This is a study in Acrylic washes of an Atlantic City streetwalker.

Atlantic and Pacific Avenue across the street near a white colored motel.

The technique is a blend of realistic flesh tones and impressionist application. The Blue Lace was stretched so tight on the skin it appeared to be tattooed onto her form. Her hot thighs faintly smacked as she hustled up and down the street. The chilly night air turning her body-heat to a steamy haze. A halo of sexual energy emanated from her.

I quickly drafted her as she stood still for a minute or two. I focused mainly on the streetlight shimmering on her doll-like face and hourglass shape. Her hair was woolly and reddish . Her coloring changing from a raw chicken flesh tone to white-hot sex-pot tones of orange and pinkish-white jiggly thighs.



Abstract torsos vie for attention on a city street in Washington, D.C.



The backdrop is a portrait of urban decay, weaved with the players of the evening stepping into the frame of this work. In play, the roving eyes of cheating husbands, the power-wielding executives who are in need of constant submissives in order to pacify their massive egos.  Urbanites  forever running on a treadmill going nowhere fast, downtown.


Issue No. 2

Newest item for sale in the Shop on my site. Futurist Woman painting featuring a fusion of urban imagery with the subject’s face.


Blues Show 2018

Blues Show 2018

Hands of a Blues Guitarist by Emmett Williams pictured above (SOLD).

Blues Show 2018 is happening at Oak Hall’s Cofrin Gallery. Live Blues featuring the legendary Willie Green will play live at the event as well as being honored for his contributions to blues music. The musician is a blues guitarist and harmonica player.

Art By Emmett