|John Arthur Williams, under the pen name of "John Arthur" began drawing and painting in his fatherís art studio as a child and has not stopped since. He began his career as a professional artist and illustrator more than twenty-five years ago and his paintings have graced the covers of books, magazines, and periodicals and have been viewed worldwide. His limited edition prints and portfolios have sold internationally, and he is currently working on his fourth childrenís picture book. |
Arthurís prestigious list of clients include: Disney, Warner Bros., Suzuki, and Carlton Greetings, among others. Although John is primarily known for his romantic fantasy watercolors, he is a figurative artist whose passion for the human form has led him to a to experiment in a wide variety of mediums. His oils, pen & ink and pencil work all center around the same theme; the human figure. "There is no greater subject," the artist says. "For me, the figure is a vehicle for the soul. It all starts with the face; the expression, the attitude, the emotion. The body follows: the head upturned, the torso tilted or twisted, the arms outstretched, the hands, the feet- all have a part in the end result." The artist is an avid sketcher and has taught art classes from his home studio for the past twenty-five years passing along his endless enthusiasm for art to children and adults alike. (Check out WRITINGS for more.) John also instructs Master Art seminars, and has a passion for blues piano and fly fishing. John lives with his wife, Maureen and their two children in the San Bernardino Mountains in Crestline, California. Apart from his ongoing study of the human figure, his favorite subjects to draw and paint are his children, the inspiration from which has yielded hundreds of works.
The artist was last seen in Paris, France, in a cafe outside the Louvre having coffee with underground artist/blues musician, Reverend Tuba White. They were sketching passerbys while discussing their mutual fondness for Rembrandtís etchings, Sargentís water colors, and contemporary European-post-modernist-existentialist anatomy.