|Paint, Sand, Glass Glitter. Uncommon techniquest conjure in a magnificent fashion in William's works. Beautiful, elegant, true pieces of art- this is a show that should not be missed.
|”BEHIND THE SHOW, WHO AM I?”
By Courtney Callahan
Art critics have noted the spirit of Jackson Pollock’s style that
flows through the work of Palm Springs artist William O. Webster but in
an uncanny twist of fate, it’s not just Abstract Expressionism that these
two “action painters” have in common. Both were in horrific accidents:
Webster lived. We know Pollock did not.
During the two hours when William was clinically dead on a hospital
gurney he saw and communicated with the Divine through the language
of vibrant technicolor unknown on earth. Thus, spiritually and artistically,
he became consumed with a new passion for color — color as an aspect
of the Divine that he had experienced for himself and lives to share with
When Webster awoke out of his two day coma, he had one
question: Who am I? His search for the answer is this show. We can
see in his pieces where he grapples with his blocks in an ocean storm
scenario or slips into the bliss of his opened heart. His search evokes
our empathy for we feel his uncertainty, humility, anger, faith and
surrender through his painting. In exquisite irony, Jackson Pollock
entitled his very last work, “Search”.
In the spirit of Pollock and for all of us, Webster, through the series
of paintings encompassing this show, takes us on the ultimate journey— the search for the true Self. This series of works can be viewed as if they
were movie stills. Webster’s goal, upon graduating with honors in Art
from Cass Technical High School in Detroit, was to move to California
and work as an animator for Disney. He didn’t get the job. But now,
years later, he is working as an animator for the Divine.
Webster drew his inspiration for this show from a tract written by an Indian saint named Ramana Maharshi. It is a short spiritual classic that is as fresh, relevant and miraculous today as it was when first uttered in the late 1800s.
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William's art is on public display at Gallery 446 until sold or September 2012.