William Singer’s work addresses itself in the present by engaging with cultural forms of the past. His brightly colored and often heavy impasto paintings provide subtle reference to historic subjects that are examined under a lens of painterly abstraction.

Utilizing paintings, drawings, and photographs pulled from art history and various digital archives, Singer constructs evocative images reminiscent and connected to the past that have become distorted and transformed through the present.

His paintings often elicit a tactile material presence imbued with dramatic emotive qualities, a relative suppression of spatial depth and a sacrifice of realism for the more decorative material qualities in paint.


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