Philemona Williamson

Part of the Vanishing Worlds virtual gallery.

Philemona Williamson Transitions

My paintings explore the transition from childhood to adulthood, that tumultuous time we call adolescence. It is a stage of awkwardness, exploration and possibilities. My figures navigate this journey within a society which insists on describing individuals first by race, gender and class. Such groupings represent only a small part of one’s essence, and far from the most significant.

I want to show the nuanced qualities in each of us at that most precious and transitory time of life. I feel as though the innocence, the awakening of a sensuality, the budding awareness of a place in a larger community, are all at the fingertips of an adolescent. How they maneuver through this world, reacting to our social, personal, and psychological landscape, represents the journey that I delve into in my painting.

 

 

 

Dusty Afternoon

2010

Oil on Canvas

48″ x 60″

Courtesy of the Artist

$35,000

 

 

 

 

Red Buckled Shoe

215-15

Oil on Canvas

48″ x 60″

Courtesy of the Artist

$35,000

 

 

 

Lap of Day Dreams

2019

Oil on Canvas

48″ x 60″

Courtesy of the Artist

$35,000