Spring 2022: Chase Williamson

February 02, 2022


Name: Chase Williamson

School: University of Tennessee - Chattanooga

Major/Concentration: Studio Art & Psychology

Anticipated Graduation Date: Spring 2022

Location: Chattanooga, TN

Portfolio: www.chasepaints.com



Artist Biography

Let’s suppose you imagine a wide field of flowers – do you associate them all as being of the same category, growing from the same genus, in one stem? No, you think of an array of different sorts of florets, all with different colors, purposes, and styles, and all with their own unique appearance. This is what I love to portray within my black portraits, as the examination of harmful stereotypes is a primary motivation to these paintings. My work is driven by the prejudiced portrayal of black people in past and contemporary media portrayals, and in turn, is a reintroduction of black bodies in a composition that hasn’t stereotypically and/or historically been associated with it. By purposely inputting outdoor aesthetic scenes, I attempt to create art that capitalizes on ideals of black beauty. The primary audience for my art isn’t just one group of people – it’s for everyone. For white people to see the paradox of people of color seated in naturistic backgrounds, and for black people, specifically black women, to see the astounding beauty that exists within themselves. I have personally felt the heavy burden of what it feels like to be categorized and shut into a preconceived frame just because of my skin color. But ignorant prejudices are not the truth – black skin is something that can be firm, but at the same time can be delicate and sophisticated. My aspiration for my paintings is for everyone to become more comfortable when seeing a person of color in aesthetic forms, and for viewers to see that there is unique, expansive diversity that exists in every person.

What does being a Black girl who paints mean to you?

Being a black girl who paints has allowed me to hold power in what I create and represent. I am able to broadcast the extensive beauty that exists in our ethnicity, and I do my best to create a space that is fresh, comforting, and uplifting. Being a painter, a black female painter is bold and daring - I truly love being able to produce art that questions societies narrative on black people.

Reflections by the River by Chase Williamson

Flourish by Chase WIlliamson