Shirley Williams grew up moving often across Canada and spent six formative years living in Europe as a teenager soaking up art history. Working for many years as a documentary film producer in Toronto, she moved to Windsor in 1991 to begin painting full time. She currently works in a large warehouse studio in Windsor, Canada 10 minutes from the Michigan border and a few hours from Toronto.
As a painter Shirley Williams is best known for her multi-layered abstract paintings of rich organic shapes and colors.
She has won several prestigious Art Grants and Awards. These include a National Painting Competition Award in 2008, several Ontario Arts Council Grants, a House of Commons Cultural Recognition Award and the mid-career recognition, Elizabeth Havelock Foundation Award in 2012.
Her paintings have been exhibited and collected widely across Canada, the United States and Great Britain. A solo museum exhibition, ‘Forces of Nature’ was shown at the Art Gallery of Windsor in 2010 – 2011.
Shirley Williams is currently represented by galleries in Toronto, Alton, and Texas. Her work is also licensed globally for fine art Prints on Demand by New Era Portfolio. Her canvas prints are part of the Ethan Allen Home ‘Exclusive Artist Collection’.
Major originals in Public Collections include University of Windsor / Art Gallery of Windsor / Ste. Cecile International School Library / County of Essex City Hall and Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit. Corporate Collections include General Motors, Detroit / Carlyle Group, Washington / KPMG / Saturn Tool & Mold / BMO Financial / Eastern Construction and A & W Food Services to name only a few. Major Private Collections include the Zekelman Family and the Odette Foundation.
In 2006, Shirley Williams collaborated with Maestro John Morris -Russell of the Windsor Symphony Orchestra over a one-year period. She served as Visual Artist in Residence to create a large-scale painting to raise funds for the Youth Orchestra.
Shirley Williams also enjoys collaborating creatively with interior designers for original paintings. Large-scale international projects include custom commissions for a private jet lounge, and an award-winning 127-foot yacht in the Virgin Islands.