Bohicket Creek Fish Shack

Bohicket Creek Fish Shack 18.5 x 23” oil on linen

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Artist Biography:
Manning Williams was born in Charleston in 1939. He received his B.S. from the College of Charleston before doing graduate work at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Williams’s work has been exhibited nationally with solo shows in Charleston, New Orleans, Washington, at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Art and the Greenville County Museum of Art. Group shows including his work were Second Story Show at Piccolo Spoleto in 2002, 100 Years/100 Artists, Views From the 20th Century at the South Carolina State Museum in 1999-2000, and Old South, New South at Winthrop University in 1995. In 2004, Williams and Linda Fantuzzo had a duo show at the Gibbes Museum of Art entitled Framing a Vision: Landscapes. Williams has received a SC Arts Commission Fellowship.
His most known commissions are displayed at the Charleston Airport and the East Cooper Hospital. His poster for the New Figurative Painting exhibition is included in Fairfield Porter: A catalogue raisonné of his prints. Williams produced the book jacket and illustrations for Poems from the Scorched Earth by James Everett Kibler (2001). His work has been the subject of reviews and feature stories, and included in the video Charleston Art Now. His work hangs in public and corporate collections, among them the SC Arts Commission, R.J. Reynolds Corporation, Citizens and Southern National Bank, Post & Courier Publishing Company, Kiawah Resort Association, Greenville County Museum, South Carolina State Museum and the Gibbes Museum of Art.



Manning Williams

portrait of Manning Williams




Manning Williams work is represented at: Corrigan Gallery



About the Work:

“As a southern of Celtic origins I grew up around storytelling. We lived on Johns Island for six years with family while my father was serving in the service during WWII. I was around country folks telling stories or making them up by enhancing or embellishing the kernel of truth to get a laugh. Painting came from that training (or competition) to be a great storyteller. Landscapes tell stories of a certain period - of that moment.

I was looking to tell America’s history, humor, “my life” in America and southern history that is such a part of my essence. I was (am) always looking for a story to tell. I continue storytelling in a contemporary abstract form now. I believe artists should be making pictures of how we are, how humans are – asking questions, presenting information, assisting others in learning to think for themselves. We need extremists’ voices to make us ask questions – unexpected comes from the wings – the extremes – it makes points that are necessary. It breaks the pattern of arrogance developed in our “knowing.”