ANTHONY WILLIAMS - MAKING INTRODUCTIONS
A gallery held in high regard, with spaces both in Wiltshire and on Cork Street, Messums commissioned us to create a five-part series, ‘Making Introductions’, in partnership with their artists. As Messums has become known as a platform for creative expression across artistic genres, the films focus on the techniques that stand at the core of each artist’s respective studio processes, with the hope that Messums’ members can learn a little about each artist and a lot about their process.
Every masterpiece starts with a sketch, every journey with a step. It is often forgotten that art is as much a language as speaking. ‘Making Introductions’ is about learning these different ways of communicating and being able to take part in the conversation. Due to this, it was of utmost importance to us that each film was unscripted and led by the artist, rather than us. For that reason, we made a conscious effort to go into each shoot with open minds, allowing the work to speak for itself.
As part 4 of the ‘Making Introductions’ series, we spent the day with Anthony Williams at his studio in West London, learning more about the unusual medium of egg tempera. A painstaking method, the technique doesn’t allow for much alteration after initial application to the canvas, giving Williams’ work a heightened sense of realism.