What’s Done Is Done

Mahlon Todd Williams

The works of Mahlon Todd Williams invite the spectator to reflect on the evolution of artistic creation within the realms of a greater conscious collective. Paintbrushes transform into tools and weapons in the hands of this award-winning cinematographer-come-painter. From sketching to scraping, and splashing and blotting watercolors, oils, and acrylics, the viewer is encouraged to explore a rare, vibrant universe. With a multidisciplinary approach to painting combining his 20 years experience in the film and television industry, particularly shooting highly acclaimed music videos for the likes of The Weeknd, Drake, Marianas Trench, and Hedley, Williams’ work pulsates at its own beat, showcasing a unique form of visual artistry.

Williams´ upcoming exhibition: What’s Done is Done, at the Chali-Rosso Gallery on August 12th 2017, marks the release of the vital flood of energy that permeates Williams’ work. These paintings spring from the need to create, to exist. The exhibition’s title is a line taken from William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, serving as an admonition on the consequences of one’s actions and mulling over futile pursuits. Yet the phrase also stresses the scope and depth of simple truths, all the while encouraging an understanding beyond the obvious. It is this polarity that intrigues Williams, becoming an essential element of his work. Starring a variety of polymorphic entities, Williams´ paintings commemorate the familiar yet exotic inhabitants of a world riddled with dualisms: real vs. imagined, civilized vs. savage, mobile vs. static, feminine vs. masculine… With his own particular language of colours and expressionistic forms, Williams suggests everything, but reveals nothing, all at once; Williams is a storyteller who lets his audience construct the narrative, transforming sensations into objects, thoughts into paintings. Each work is a passport—an invitation—to explore a new dimension of illusion, intensity, and space. Williams beckons the spectator to enter these creations and wander inside them, however, what is—and is not—of the viewer’s invention, is often a mystery. Whether one chooses dialogue or complicity, to indulge in violence or humour, both observer and creator are in constant flux, the painting becomes an uninterrupted reflection of a transient state. The magic of Williams’ work lies in this paradox.

Williams lives in Vancouver, Canada and while his film work has taken him to many countries around the world, his artwork is his vehicle of choice for exploration.