John Williams uses traditional oil paint and canvas to accomplish his detailed depictions of people and objects. His aim is to suggest a world of detail but to somehow produce quiet, graceful and peaceful images.
For John, life is in the detail. John's portraits and paintings have been repeatedly accepted in juried competitions and open exhibitions including the Royal Society of Portrait Painters’ annual exhibition. In 2013 he was awarded first prize for his portraiture at the RBSA Portrait Prize exhibition and in 2015 was highly commended. His portrait of art historian, critic and writer, Edward Lucie-Smith was selected to be included in the BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery in London. The digital iBook "Detailed Life" features images of Williams’ work and includes interactive elements, videos and text by Lucie-Smith which positions Williams' work in relation to other contemporary artists. He became an Associate of the RBSA in 2016.