Sheepskin and Cactus

Sheepskin and Cactus by Antony Williams

Sheepskin and Cactus
by Antony Williams
© Antony Williams

Antony Williams studied at Farnham College and Portsmouth University. His work has been seen in solo exhibitions in London and Madrid and has been included in the annual exhibitions of the Royal Academy of Arts on eleven occasions. Williams was previously selected for the BP Portrait Award in 1995, 1998, 2005, 2007, 2010, 2014, 2015 and 2017 (third prizewinner). His portrait of Amartya Kumar Sen was commissioned for the National Portrait Gallery Collection in 2003.

The portrait is of Kelly, a friend and regular model for the artist. Williams was inspired by depicting the soft, tactile quality of Kelly’s sheepskin coat and the opposing qualities of the spiky cactus. He says the cactus ‘almost became like a second portrait’.

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