Janina Williams was born in Germany in 1982 and has been interested in Art from a very young age. She has lived in Germany and London for many years and is now living in New York City. Janina received her MA & PGCE from Goldsmiths University London. She worked at Christies for several years and was heading the Art Department for an outstanding London Primary School where she created and implemented a highly creative Arts curriculum. Janina worked in several London Art galleries and taught workshops. In 2008 she joined a UK/Latin American Street Art collective and produced an impressive collaborative piece which was hung in Christies Auction rooms and also exhibited in France at a crumbling chateau in the Ardeche. She exhibited in many London galleries & has developed curricula for UK/US based arts institutions . Janina works in acrylics, watercolors, oils, mixed media & digital art. She is currently working on a new body of work which is a mixture of photography, watercolor and collaging techniques. Examples of her work can be seen on the artists website- www.janinawilliamsart.com. Her favorite quote is by artist Bruce Conner: 'I am, an artist, an anti-artist, a romantic, a realist, a post modernist, a beatnik, subtle, confrontational, accessible, obscure, spiritual, profane, IT'S ALL TRUE.'
Janina Williams’ art expresses life of modern culture. She combines photography/digital art, acrylic, and watercolor with collage to create psychedelic dreamscapes. Her work references current events which force the viewer to make personal connections inviting them into a visual journey that is new and not readily familiar—a world that is strange, humorous, innocent, obscure, and dizzying all at the same time.
The inspiration for her work is often taken from her own experiences and emotions from living in this modern era of uncertainty. She combines her ideas with dreamlike imagery including obscure patterns and vivid colors to catch the viewer’s attention as well as creatures/characters/shapes that are reminiscent of animals/objects/symbols that are familiar yet presented in an abstract, sometimes cartoon or manga-like style. Janina’s artwork embodies a wide influence of modern art movements including Expressionism, Art Nouveau, Art of the Sixties/Psychedelic Art, and Urban/Street Art.
PGCE-Goldsmiths University London MA Fine Art BA Fine Art & Marketing