William Hudders is an artist (painter) and art educator living and working in Easton, PA. William studied at the University of Pennsylvania with Neil Welliver, earning an MFA in 1991. Before that, he studied at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI. William has exhibited widely, and has received numerous awards, grants and residencies, including a prestigious Pollack-Krasner Foundation Grant in 2007, and a Franz and Virginia Bader Fund Award in 2012.
“Still-life with Extension Cord” is a good example of William’s recent series. At 41” x 60” it is much larger than any traditional still life. Hudders’ approach is different as well: Instead of conceiving of the picture as a repository of highly-rendered objects, he focuses on the spaces between objects as much as the objects themselves. Using abstracted shapes, softened edges and uncanny tonal balance he creates paintings that convey nuance beyond what is actually painted.
“Still-Life” 26” x 32” though much smaller, shows Hudders carefully balancing incongruous objects in a shallow space, simplifying shapes, refining edges, until his exact aim is achieved.
“To paint is for me to investigate the nature and relation of visual appearances. A successful painting seems to me to lead the viewer into something like a dream world, similar to what we know, but inherently different.”–William Hudders