Dennis Paul Williams grew up in the 60’s in St. Martinville, Louisiana, where the prevalent Creole culture introduced him to French and West African aesthetics and values.
When Williams was ten years old his father died, and shortly after, Dennis was diagnosed with congenital heart failure. He began his career with a self-portrait on his father’s pillowcase.
Williams’ works have since evolved into expressions of his deep spirituality; every painting is delicate and thoughtful, drawing on religion, tradition, his life, his family and his vast imagination. He favours the human figure due to its intrinsic spiritual power, and whilst female forms are frequently present in Williams’ work, so too are androgynous figures; “our society is so obsessed with sex and sexuality… in my work I’m trying to show a balance”.
“What I try to create comes from the heart. My art is like a lotus which rises from the dark bottom of a pond, stretching its petals toward the light to greet the calmness of the day. My art is a meditation.”