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JOHN WILLIAMS
Toronto, Ontario - Canada



, Silver Moon, Architecture, Sold
, Dairy Queen, Urban, Sold
, 2 Cars, Automotive, $735

Art Starting At $157

Artist Statement

The Vanishing City: For twenty years I’ve been painting the changing urban scene of a North American city. Not the quaint cityscapes but the architecture of the everyday: the old, tawdry and forgotten places that we’ve lived and worked in. The backstreet houses, old commercial buildings, and dusty automobiles. The banal things we’re programmed to tune out can have a power in memory and imagination that the clichéd or monumental often lack. Drawing encouragement from urban painters as diverse as John Sloan, Edward Hopper, and contemporaries like Wayne Thiebaud, James Doolin and Richard Estes, I’ve painted these scenes in a straight-ahead style that respects their nature instead of idealizing them. Of course I don’t paint these scenes because I think they’re ugly. On the contrary, the look of afternoon light on the old brick of an Italianate warehouse, or the cool shadow thrown by the bold diagonal of a freeway ramp are some of the reasons I love the city. While there are few architectural gems in these scenes, their mixed-up but vital textures, materials and period clichés vividly tell the story of our free market development patterns and values. As our cities plunge ahead with their latest building booms, it’s necessary to look back and note what we’re losing as well as gaining. I have included some newer works that evoke among other scenes, old neighbourhood movie theatres, garages, factories and hotels and one scene of the ...

Original Artworks (20)

John Williams; Crangles, 2008, Original Painting Acrylic, 8 x 6 inches. Artwork description: 241  An old International Harvester showroom, this moderne gem has functioned as home to Crangle's Collision for years.  ...
John Williams
Original Acrylic Painting, 2008
8 x 6 inches (20.3 x 15.2 cm)
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John Williams; Fish and chips, 2008, Original Painting Acrylic, 6 x 8 inches. Artwork description: 241  An east end fish & chips joint waits for its first customers in the morning sunlight. ...
John Williams
Original Acrylic Painting, 2008
6 x 8 inches (15.2 x 20.3 cm)
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John Williams; Factory sundown, 2008, Original Painting Acrylic, 8 x 6 inches. Artwork description: 241  A wharehouse from the thirties on the edge of a railway bridge catches the evening sun.     ...
John Williams
Original Acrylic Painting, 2008
8 x 6 inches (20.3 x 15.2 cm)
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John Williams; Cherry Street, 2008, Original Painting Acrylic, 16 x 12 inches. Artwork description: 241  Cherry Street on a Saturday morning in September a few years ago. All that old weed overgrown rustbelt land is now up for grabs by big box stores and a film complex. ...
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Original Acrylic Painting, 2008
16 x 12 inches (40.6 x 30.5 cm)
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John Williams; Silver Moon, 2008, Original Painting Acrylic, 16 x 12 inches. Artwork description: 241  The Silver Moon is one of the last motels on the Lakeshore strip left standing in the face of advancing condos. Its white moderne facade gleams in the morning sun against the dark trees.  ...
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Original Acrylic Painting, 2008
16 x 12 inches (40.6 x 30.5 cm)
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John Williams; Dairy Queen, 2005, Original Painting Acrylic, 10 x 8 inches. Artwork description: 241  An old ice cream stand languishes in a decaying old industrial district. ...
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Original Acrylic Painting, 2005
10 x 8 inches (25.4 x 20.3 cm)
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John Williams; 2 cars, 1984, Original Painting Acrylic, 37 x 25 inches. Artwork description: 241  This painting was inspired by the extreme distances between peoples'lives in the outer suburbs, connected only by a giant expressway. ...
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Original Acrylic Painting, 1984
37 x 25 inches (94.0 x 63.5 cm)
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John Williams; TheRoyal, 2000, Original Painting Acrylic, 8 x 10 inches. Artwork description: 241  An old art deco theatre still lights up the night.  ...
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Original Acrylic Painting, 2000
8 x 10 inches (20.3 x 25.4 cm)
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John Williams; Italiannight, 2000, Original Painting Acrylic, 10 x 8 inches. Artwork description: 241  An over 100 year old Italianate carpet factory at night. ...
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Original Acrylic Painting, 2000
10 x 8 inches (25.4 x 20.3 cm)
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John Williams; Twilightgas, 2004, Original Painting Acrylic, 30 x 20 inches. Artwork description: 241  An old Joy gas station slinks by the expressway. This was the last of these '30s relics left. ...
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Original Acrylic Painting, 2004
30 x 20 inches (76.2 x 50.8 cm)
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John Williams; Streetcar, 2007, Original Painting Acrylic, 16 x 12 inches. Artwork description: 241  An old Presidents'Conference streetcar crosses a bridge at twilight. ...
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Original Acrylic Painting, 2007
16 x 12 inches (40.6 x 30.5 cm)
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John Williams; New condos, 2008, Original Painting Acrylic, 16 x 12 inches. Artwork description: 241  New Jetsons- style condos soar above squat commercial buildings while construction cranes loom on the horizon. ...
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Original Acrylic Painting, 2008
16 x 12 inches (40.6 x 30.5 cm)
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John Williams; Cars and pillars, 2007, Original Painting Acrylic, 16 x 12 inches. Artwork description: 241  Shiny cars glide through the financial distrtict in front of impassive sunlit bank columns ...
John Williams
Original Acrylic Painting, 2007
16 x 12 inches (40.6 x 30.5 cm)
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John Williams; House on Defries Street, 2003, Original Painting Acrylic, 30 x 24 inches. Artwork description: 241 Old houses in a forgotten industrial neighbourhood. ...
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Original Acrylic Painting, 2003
30 x 24 inches (76.2 x 61.0 cm)
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John Williams; Sidewalk afternoon, 2004, Original Painting Acrylic, 28 x 22 inches. Artwork description: 241 An old streetcar strip on a hot summer afternoon....
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Original Acrylic Painting, 2004
28 x 22 inches (71.1 x 55.9 cm)
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John Williams; November afternoon, 2005, Original Painting Acrylic, 26 x 18 inches. Artwork description: 241 Old brick buildings in the late afternoon sun....
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Original Acrylic Painting, 2005
26 x 18 inches (66.0 x 45.7 cm)
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John Williams; Old cars, 2005, Original Painting Acrylic, 16 x 12 inches. Artwork description: 241 Old cars in the sun....
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Original Acrylic Painting, 2005
16 x 12 inches (40.6 x 30.5 cm)
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John Williams; Skyline, 2006, Original Painting Acrylic, 36 x 24 inches. Artwork description: 241 New buildings rise above the city. ...
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Original Acrylic Painting, 2006
36 x 24 inches (91.4 x 61.0 cm)
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John Williams; Cars and trains, 2004, Original Painting Acrylic, 30 x 20 inches. Artwork description: 241 Expressway by railway switching tower....
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Original Acrylic Painting, 2004
30 x 20 inches (76.2 x 50.8 cm)
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John Williams; Subway, 2003, Original Painting Acrylic, 20 x 14 inches. Artwork description: 241 Subway train approaches in open cut as night falls over the	city....
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Original Acrylic Painting, 2003
20 x 14 inches (50.8 x 35.6 cm)
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