Nicholas Charles Williams (born 1961) is a British painter and draughtsman whose work examines aspects of human behavior, conveyed through symbolism and direct observational painting.
His work first drew attention in 1995 when the leading critic, the late Brian Sewell commented in the Daily Telegraph “The quality of the painting seemed to me astounding.” Canvases are developed for months or years in a studio perched on the sea’s edge yet closed to most natural light, so that the detailed image and its illumination does not vary with time.
Exhibitions of Williams’ work include solo exhibitions at the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum, the Royal Cornwall Museum and large symbolic works within the Cathedrals of Truro and Liverpool. In 2001, Williams was awarded the Hunting Art Prize and shortlisted for the Threadneedle Prize in 2008.
Public collections include Bournemouth Central Library, Falmouth Art Gallery, Frissiras Museum in Athens and the British Museum.
Williams lives and works in north Cornwall, his studio is based in a former lifeboat station.