Annie Williams


Annie Williams (born 1942) is a water-colour artist who won the 2009 Turner Prize for Watercolour.

Born in London, the daughter of artist Ivor Williams and Elizabeth Pocock, she grew up in Wales and trained and worked as a nurse before studying Fine Art at City and Guilds from 1966 to 1969.

Her later work has been almost entirely still-life. She enjoys playing with shapes, pattern and colour, mixing the familiar with some abstraction, and precision with suggestion. Her foregrounds are a few simple objects, usually pots, and backgrounds are created from textiles or old newspaper cuttings, and even some unfinished paintings as a starting point.

She has had one-woman shows at the Baker Tilly Gallery, Grape Lane Gallery and University of Warwick. Awards include a travel scholarship to Florence, The Artist Magazine Award at the Mall Galleries, and various awards from the RWS open exhibition 21st Century Watercolour. Annie is a Member of the Royal Watercolour Society and a senior fellow of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers. She has regularly exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.