Monday, June 26, 2006

Thompson Williams, Oklahoma Native American artist, explains one of his paintings to an attentive class. Williams's paintings shown on this site are for sale; contact the artist for details at ottovon56@yahoo.com.

The Champion
Thompson Williams
36" x 48" Acrylic on Canvas

Peace Maker
Thompson Williams
18" x 24" Acrylic on Canvas

Old Man Whitebead
Thompson Williams
48" x 60" Acrylic on Canvas

Medicine Shield
Thompson Williams
16" x 20" Acrylic on Canvas

Medicine Man
Thompson Williams
24" x 30" Acrylic on Canvas

Ghost Dance Magic
Thompson Williams
24" x 36" Acrylic on Canvas

Thompson Williams
P.O. Box 1126 Edmond, OK 73083; (405) 340-0734; ottovon56@yahoo.com
Nationally-recognized Contemporary Native American Artist

Experience:


University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK

Cover Artist: Indian Country Trauma Center


City Arts Center, Oklahoma City, OK

Community Outreach art teacher


University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK

Intersession American Indian Art instructor


Catawba Health Services, South Carolina

Cover Artist, HIV & AIDS Prevention Manuals

Education:
Bachelor of Science, Liberal Arts, University of Central Oklahoma
Coursework drawing and painting, University of Oklahoma
Coursework in American Indian Art, Bacone College, Muskogee, OK

Silversmith instruction with Mr. E.O. Taylor –Traditional Caddo flat work.

Art Exhibitions:


White Stallion Fine Art Show, Edmond Oklahoma and Bricktown, Oklahoma City, OK

Guthrie Art & Wine Festival; Guthrie, OK

Oklahoma Native Art & Jewelry Fourth of July Celebration, Oklahoma City, OK


Jacobson House Indian Art Market, Norman, OK

Gallery of the Plains, Nichols Hills- Colony, OK


Lewis and Clark Bi-centennial Celebration, Fort Atkinson, Nebraska


Red Earth Festival, Oklahoma City, OK


Dallas Three Person Show, Dallas, Texas


University of Oklahoma Alumni Show, Norman, OK

Current Galleries:


Oklahoma Native Art & Jewelry, Oklahoma City, OK


Caddo Tribal Museum, Binger, OK


Jacobson House Art Center, Norman, OK


Dreamcatcher Designs, Oklahoma City, OK

Awards:
Best of Show - University of Oklahoma Student Art Show, Norman, OK


First place – Guthrie Art & Wine Festival - Guthrie, OK


First Place - Painting- American Indian Exposition, Anadarko, OK


First Place – North Park Mall Art Show, Joplin, Missouri


Second Place – University of Oklahoma Alumni Art Show, Norman, OK

Collections:


Supreme Court Justice Yvonne Kauger

Judge Tom Corrish


Anthony & Sharla Gabales

Drew & Jeanne Naccarato


Pam & Dewitt Forrester

Charles & Nita Shinn

Thompson Williams is a nationally known award-winning artist. He is a member of the Caddo Nation, born in 1956 to the late Melford and Winona Wells Williams. It was through the stories of their childhood that Thompson learned the richness of his culture. Thompson was fortunate to be part of a very artistic family. His father and brothers were all very talented artists. However, his sister first began teaching him the beauty of art. Thompson continued to learn the techniques of his craft throughout high school and college but did not embark on a career in art. Instead, Thompson has concentrated his efforts in the field of education. Thompson is a graduate of Central State University in Edmond, Oklahoma. Thompson is employed as a T.A. II in Special Education at Edmond North High School. He is certified to teach art and special education by the state of Oklahoma. It was only after his wife’s uncle entered him in a three-person art show in Dallas, Texas did the idea of doing art seriously take root. Thompson’s paintings depict native people historically and in contemporary society. James Coburn of The Edmond Sun says, “Mind, body and spirit integrate holistically in Thompson’s brushstrokes. His creativity seems organic, flowing from a deep personal reservoir.” The artist says, “My paintings focus on the spiritual heritage of my ancestors. One thing we don’t get to see much is our involvement with the spirit residing inside each individual.” Thompson shows the pride he has in his native people by using a wide variety of painting styles to express the feelings conveyed by each painting.