Saul Williams

Saul Williams is a painter and graphic artist who was born in North Caribou Lake, Ontario, Canada. His mediums are acrylic, silkscreen, watercolor, charcoal, ink, linocut and lithograph.  His subjects are myths, legends, symbolism, native spirits, birds, fish and animals.  His style is known as Woodland Art.  It is identified by black outlined figures, x-ray perspectives, vivid colours that are compartmentalized similar to stained glass, and usually a solid color background.  Norval Morrisseau is considered the innovator of the style.   Williams is considered largely self taught.  In fact, he only attended regular school up to grade 8.  His art education consisted of Elliot Lake Summer School in 1970.  He is now a visiting art teacher to schools in his area of Ontario such as Bearskin Lake, Fort Severn, Weagamow, Pelican Falls, Constance Lake, Fort Hope, and Mitchell.   York University (Toronto) had his first exhibition in 1971.  Since then the venues of his solo and group exhibitions have included the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto (1974, 76, 77, 83); the Oakville Centennial Gallery, Ontario (1974); the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinberg, Ontario (1978 and 79); and the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto (1984).  On October 24, 2009 the McMichael will be opening an exhibition titled "Woodland School", which will include the works of Saul Williams. His work is in many private collections.  It is also in the collections of the Royal Ontario Museum; the McMichael Canadian Art Collection; the Canadian Museum of Civilization (Gatineau, Quebec); New College, University of Toronto; the Woodland Cultural Centre (Brantford, Ontario); and the Thunder Bay Art Gallery (Ontario).


Earth Mother
Acrylic on Mill Board
30" x 22"