A former Edmond resident is back in town and has opened a gallery in downtown Edmond.
Reian Williams is the owner and featured artist of the new Hue Fine Arts Gallery at 1 N. Broadway.
Discovering his love for art at the age of seven after a sketching of a leopard garnered him the praise of his immediate family, Williams has been pursuing his craft for more than 30 years.
He graduated from Edmond Memorial High School in 1987, and Williams traveled to the United Kingdom to continue his studies. He has studied and perfected his craft in London and Paris and prides himself in drawing out the emotions of his subjects through his art.
A self-trained artist with a degree in architectural design from the University of London, Williams recently returned to his Oklahoma roots after spending 25 years away.
Williams paints consigned pieces of animals and people and has been called a master of emotive realism.
“I like to capture emotion and evoke empathy from the viewer as he views the piece,” Williams added.
In a rare move, the Edmond-raised painter refuses to allow any of his paintings to be commercialized by creating prints. Saying that he finds the true value of his artwork to be contained in the originals, the obscurity of his pieces have been the catalyst for the high demand of his work among fine art collectors around the world.
Working on commission for luxury homeowners across the U.S. as a muralist and for many luxury resorts and hotels, Williams said his ultimate gig would be to paint a sitting president for the White House. Having his work featured in the Metropolitan Museum of Art comes in as a close second on Williams’ jam-packed professional bucket list.
A master artist whose paintings are sought after by fine art collectors the world over, Williams’ studio features his latest collections with the prices of his artwork ranging from $3,000-$15,000.
Selected as the featured artist for the 2017 Oscar Awards Show gift baskets, Williams hopes to be painting and evoking an emotional connection with his collectors for many years to come.
He garnered media attention for painting the forensic sketch of Alecia Payne for the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office. The painting led to the positive identification of Payne’s body in April.
Williams resides in Edmond with his wife Christy.
“We met through Facebook,” Reian said. “We got to talking and found out we had sat at the same table in Kathryn Blake’s art class in high school. Although we remembered everyone else who sat at our table, neither one of us remembered the other.”
Williams said he currently teaches art at the Fine Arts Institute of Edmond and has plans for workshops in the future.
Other artists who have works on display and for sale in the Hue Gallery include George Bramlett, Charlie Neuenschwander and Jerry Bergin. Jarrett Maxwell, a woodwork craftsman, has carpentry pieces for sale.