Made With Color Presents: Mark Francis Williams’ Ghostly Portraits

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Premiere website builder Made With Color and Beautiful/Decay team up each week to bring you some of the best contemporary artists and designers using Made With Color to build their sleek websites. Website builder Made With Color helps artists create well-designed and mobile/tablet responsive websites in a few minutes without having to touch a line of code.This week we are pleased to present the work of Mark Francis Williams.

The powerful black and white monoprints of Romanian artist Mark Francis Williams look like eroding ghost-like portraits of ancestors who passed many decades ago. In a constant flux between abstraction and representation, the haunting figures appear and disappear over and over again like a distant memory that you can’t quite put together but also can’t forget.

About his work Williams states:

My work explores states of impermanence and the resulting aesthetic. It is a response to the experience of living in Bucharest – a city of disparities and contrasts.

 

Across this city, I am unnerved by the pugnaciously glossy, newly erected shopping malls rising phoenix like, offering a hyper-real, super-beautiful sense of order that conveys certainty, purpose and fixedness. It is a vacuous grandeur that leaves no space for error. The unintentional consequence of such artificial splendor is to highlight the true soul and charm of the city. One where buildings crumble, facades crack and deterioration is pervasive. Due to Bucharest’s close location to a major earthquake fault line a further sense of impending ruin permeates. Red warning dots on exteriors signify the approaching collapse of unstable buildings.

 

It is in this opposing fragile state that I find the city at its most authentic and most alluring. The environmental decline presents a natural orderliness, a passing self-organisation that quietly exhibits the inevitability of the life cycle. These are the qualities that I value and connect with and the platform I use as a investigative focus for my work.

 

Rather than recreate, emulate or photograph eroding materials, I choose to use faces and figures as a story telling vehicle. The human portrait is accessible and connects immediately with a viewer. It is a device I use to examine the correlation between man and his habitat, between changes in state and concepts of beauty.

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