1995Dennis Paul Williams, grew up in St. Martinville, La., where Louisiana’s Creole culture introduced him to French and West African aesthetics and values. Williams was driven as a child to draw, paint, and explore artistic materials as he embraced his Creole heritage, where every aspect of life revolves around faith, celebration, and beauty.
When Williams was ten years old, his father died. Around the same time, Dennis was diagnosed with congenital heart failure. He decided then that if God was going to judge him by his work, he must make better use of his short time. He began his career with a self-portrait of himself on his father’s pillowcase.
Williams’ works have since evolved into expressions of his deep spirituality. The objects he creates are imbued with beauty and intrinsic spiritual power.Williams has also gained much international acclaim through playing guitar in his brother’s band, Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas. As the band travels the U.S., Europe, and Japan, Williams shows his paintings to art collectors and museums.
The relationship between Williams’ art, both music and painting, and his spirituality seem to embrace one word: healing. Whether an individual is overcoming illness, loneliness, or despair, Williams’ art offers a prayer and moment of counseling.”