I’ve always been fascinated with works of realism in which the representational image, which presents an illusion of reality, transitions to obvious marks on paper or paint strokes on canvas at the edges, allowing us to see both the drawn or painted illusion and the reality of marks on a surface in the same image.
In many of the paintings of Charles E. Williams II, this effect is pronounced and takes the form of dripped paint marks at the bottom edges of his compositions, which are often of scenes involving creeks, streams or other bodies of water.
The effect is striking, highlighting both our perceptions of three dimensional scenes on a two dimensional surface, and Williams’ skills as a realist painter, without which the effect would be negligible.
Williams was born and is based in South Carolina; he studied fine art at the Savannah College of At and Design in Georgia.
[Via Escape Into Life]