"A large proportion of the population where l live is overweight. In a non-derogative way, l like to use their formal qualities to create personalities and use their shapes as a language in expressing a variety of ideas from the natural and the human world, sometimes, portraying people l know."
Jan Williams is a sculptor born 1958 in New Zealand, who lives and works in Brisbane, Australia. From 1985 to 2015, Williams worked at the Queensland Museum's exhibition construction workshops as a technician/sculptor. The sculpting there included building dioramas and modelling/building zoological specimens from small frogs to lifesize Humpback whales. The workshops' ubiquitous medium of polyester-fibreglass became his own favored medium. Jan has been a member of Sculptors Queensland for much of that time, exhibiting frequently in joint and group exhibitions. Most of his sculpture has been figurative, inspired by sculptors like Maillol, Giacometti, Brancusi and in the last few years by prehistoric art as well.
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