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Winnifred Birts And Kenneth Williams

Winnifred Birts And Kenneth Williams
Williams and Birts often work in collaboration, though each is also a prolific solo artist. Williams’s depictions of the urban streetscape glitter and dance, full of animated buildings and shiny cars. Birts brings us inside the doors, painting the stories behind those jazzy facades.
Passion For Christ
Acrylic And Marker On Canvas, 12" X 30"
2002
BIOS
Winnifred Birts (b. 1953, Chicago, IL) makes detailed renderings that depict contemporary African-American urban culture in Chicago. She attended the Nathan and Kiyoko Lerner Foundation art studio at Thresholds South and is represented by Judy Saslow Gallery.

Kenneth Williams (b. 1969, Chicago, IL) creates colorful and closely observed buildings, entirely from his imagination. Using various media he captures the busy lifestyle of the city. Williams is also affiliated with the Nathan and Kiyoko Lerner Foundation art studio at Thresholds South and teaches art through El Valor. He is the subject of Gabrielle Goodstein’s documentary Sun Always Shining: The Life and Work of Kenneth Williams and is also represented by Judy Saslow Gallery.

THE ART
Williams and Birts often work in collaboration, though each is also a prolific solo artist. Williams’s depictions of the urban streetscape glitter and dance, full of animated buildings and shiny cars. Birts brings us inside the doors, painting the stories behind those jazzy facades. Her work is a swirl of wild parties, street fights, romantic evenings, or lonely nights watching TV. When Williams and Birts work together, as in “Passion for Christ,” they guide us through a complex world of bright color and intense emotion.

These artists are represented by Project Onward
Project Onward is a communal studio where artists with developmental, cognitive, and mental disabilities are provided with the materials, art education, and support to develop a professional body of work. Project Onward is a program of the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs.