Robert Williams’ epic cartoon-inspired history paintings draw from American vernacular and its visual slang. Relying on concrete, relatable, and often absurd imagery to invoke social commentary, Williams work continues to confront and confound. In the 1960s, Williams began creating work that channeled the shifting energies and immediacy of counterculture. His paintings rejected the prevailing dominance of conceptual minimalism, focusing instead on a return to craftsmanship, figuration and popular imagery. In 1979, Williams coined the term “low brow” as a way to articulate his opposition to an establishment “high” art world from which he was excluded. For better or worse, “low brow” became the namesake of the fledgling New Contemporary movement, which Williams was instrumental in fostering.

Williams grew up immersed in California’s hot rod Kustom Kulture, Rock n’ Roll and EC Comics, and was steeped in the populist currents of his era. He worked commercially and became studio Art Director to Kustom Kulture icon Ed “big daddy” Roth in 1965, and was a founding contributor to the underground ZAP Comix in the late 60s, all the while creating his own caustic, unapologetic work. In 1994 Williams founded Juxtapoz Art & Culture Magazine, a publication dedicated to the underground, which has become the top-selling art magazine worldwide.

Current and Previous Works by Robert Williams

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  • “Vicous Burger”

    (2015)
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    Conte and Graphite on paper
    19" × 24"
    48 × 61 cm

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    • Slang Aesthetics!
  • “Tommy Tomato Horse Knife (A Forest Apparition)”

    (2015)
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    Watercolor on paper
    17.5" × 14.5"
    44 × 37 cm

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  • “The Persuasion of Right Angles”

    (2015)
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    Graphite on paper
    18" × 19"
    46 × 48 cm

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  • “Sketch for ‘The-Appetited That Dare Not Be Appeased’”

    (2015)
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    Graphite on paper
    16.5" × 13"
    42 × 33 cm

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  • “Sketch for ‘Avatar of Inequity’”

    (2015)
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    Graphite on paper
    11.5" × 9.75"
    29 × 25 cm

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  • “Mr. Exponential Psychosis (Piss Pot Pete)”

    (2015)
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    Watercolor on paper
    17.5" × 14.5"
    44 × 37 cm

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  • “Coochy Cooty Model Sheet”

    (2015)
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    Conte crayon on paper
    18" × 10.5"
    46 × 27 cm

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  • “Astrophysically Modified Real Estate”

    (2015)
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    Watercolor on paper
    17.5" × 14.5"
    44 × 37 cm

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  • “Beyond Ferocious”

    (2015)
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    Watercolor on paper
    17.5" × 14.5"
    44 × 37 cm

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  • “Assembled Sketch for ‘Saga Versus Saga’”

    (2015)
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    Graphite tape and collage on paper
    9" × 11"
    23 × 28 cm

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  • “The Inside Out House”

    (2015)
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    Watercolor on paper
    17.5" × 14.5"
    44 × 37 cm

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  • “The Green Kachina”

    (2015)
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    Watercolor on paper
    17.5" × 14.5"
    44 × 37 cm

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  • “Slave-Made Toys from Amiable Old Cathay”

    (2015)
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    Graphite on paper
    14.25" × 15.75"
    36 × 40 cm

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  • “Sketch for ‘A Perplexity Searching for an Enigma Through the Maze of an Ambiguity’ I”

    (2015)
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    Graphite on tissue paper
    9.5" × 11"
    24 × 28 cm

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  • “Sketch for ‘The Shrinking Perimeters of Utopia’”

    (2015)
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    Grease pencil and graphite on paper
    18.25" × 15.5"
    46 × 39 cm

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  • “Sketch for ‘The De-Emphasized Universe’”

    (2015)
    $1,700
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    Graphite on paper
    9.5" × 8.5"
    24 × 22 cm

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  • “Sketch for ‘The Ball Peen Hammer Expressionist’”

    (2015)
    $1,700
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    Graphite on tissue paper
    15.75" × 14.25"
    40 × 36 cm

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