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The Right Honourable Margaret Beckett, MP
© Parliamentary Art Collection. Photo credit: Parliamentary Art Collection

The Right Honourable Margaret Beckett, MP 2011

Antony Williams (b.1964)

Parliamentary Art Collection

Painter, notably of portraits in egg tempera, born in Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, who did a foundation year at West Surrey College of Art, Farnham, where an emphasis on life drawing pleased him. An important influence was his tutor, Karn Holly. After a year studying fine art at Portsmouth University, Williams applied for a year’s leave of absence as he felt that his studies lacked direction, but he never returned to formal art education. Working in a restaurant kitchen Williams met picture and frame restorer Tim Dolby, for whom he worked part-time and sketched and who introduced him to egg tempera. In 1990, Williams won the Carroll Foundation Award at the RP exhibition at Mall Galleries with a self-portrait, in 1995 gaining the Ondaatje Prize with his portrait of the Bishop of Guildford.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)

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