Rathad Ruadh by Gavin Donald Williams
The unique artworks of the late Gavin Donald Williams are to be shown in An Lanntair arts centre this month, two years after the young painter's passing.
For Gavin's mother – Harris-based artist Margarita Williams – it is a show which not only allows her son's work to be seen and appreciated, but also brings comfort that a connection to him lives on through these paintings.
Running in the Cafe Bar Gallery until Friday, December 2nd, the show delivers a punch of colour in the winter darkness through Gavin's bold and bright paintings.
“He had a very direct and unique style, not in the least contrived,” said Margarita of her son's art.
“He loved using paints and colour in a semi-abstract manner, capturing the essence of what was about him. The feelings and experiences of what he's seeing is what comes through.”
The love of the Harris landscape felt by Gavin is clear within his works, created since his return to the Western Isles in 2001 after he dropped out of a Landscape Architecture course at Edinburgh University.
Originally from Harris, Margarita established her Holmasaig Gallery in Quidinish, Finsbay, from where both she and her son worked and exhibited.
Gavin's paintings were also previously shown in the Rowan Gallery, Panik Gallery and Plockton Gallery on the mainland, as well as in Morven Gallery in Barvas, Lewis.
And four of his art pieces were selected to feature in an exhibition shown at Edinburgh's creative hub Summerhall, as part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival.
Stoirm Ceapabhal by Gavin Donald Williams
“It was quite therapeutic for him to paint,” said mother Margarita. “He painted when he felt he wanted to and the way his eye distilled what he saw around him, led to the production of a very personal response to the landscape.”
She continued: “At first I didn't want to part with any of his work but I always thought that not enough people were seeing it.
“The positive response to his work at Holmasaig Gallery made me wish that more people were aware of his talent – there are many big scale works which I can't show at Holmasaig .
“The time is right now, and the An Lanntair exhibition is an opportunity to have his work seen by a wider audience – and for me, it is knowing there is a connection to him in every brushstroke that's quite comforting.
“It's a wonderful collection of paintings, and a precious reminder of a special and lovely human being,” Margarita added.
Losgaintir by Gavin Donald Williams