See sketchbooks of former Marvel artist John Williams, from Yoxford, at the Aldeburgh Gallery

John Williams' artwork, which is being exhibited at the Aldeburgh Gallery. Picture: JOHN WILLIAMS

John Williams' artwork, which is being exhibited at the Aldeburgh Gallery. Picture: JOHN WILLIAMS - Credit: Archant

A little-known Suffolk artist who once worked on popular comic book titles is giving a rare showing of his sketchbooks at an exhibition alongside some of the county’s best known names.

The work is taken from Williams' sketchbooks: Picture: JOHN WILLIAMS

The work is taken from Williams' sketchbooks: Picture: JOHN WILLIAMS - Credit: Archant

John Williams is exhibiting at the Aldeburgh Gallery for its series of “works on paper”, which includes pieces by Maggi Hambling, and Tessa Newcombe, who will be talking about her work tomorrow at 3pm.

Williams, 56, worked at Marvel UK in the 1980s on titles such as Ghostbusters and Transformers, but says his latest work is “much more diverse and experimental”.

Williams says the human form is area of interest: Picture: JOHN WILLIAMS

Williams says the human form is area of interest: Picture: JOHN WILLIAMS - Credit: Archant

“That’s what people will seen in the sketchbooks,” he added.

“They won’t see on particular type of work - there will be a whole range of drawing exploring different ideas.”

He says his art aims to capture the 'invisible energy that brings life to form'. Picture: JOHN WILLI

He says his art aims to capture the 'invisible energy that brings life to form'. Picture: JOHN WILLIAMS - Credit: Archant


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Williams, who comes from South Wales but has lived in Yoxford for nearly 30 years, says his main interest is the human form.

“I’m continually experimenting and trying to find new ways of depicting the essence of the human form, using different materials and improving techniques.

Much of his work is in pen: Picture: JOHN WILLIAMS

Much of his work is in pen: Picture: JOHN WILLIAMS - Credit: Archant

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“I’m always looking to find the invisible energy that brings life to form and to do that I’m continually refining and reducing and abstracting it, disassembling and distorting it.”

The exhibition, which opened today, also features 20th Century artists including Geoffrey Clarke, Mary Fedden, Julian Trevelyan and Edward Bawden. The exhibition, which runs until Wednesday, includes works in watercolour, oil, collage and print.

Williams was once an artist for Marvel UK. Picture: JOHN WILLIAMS

Williams was once an artist for Marvel UK. Picture: JOHN WILLIAMS - Credit: Archant

Williams, who sometimes gives life drawing classes in Halesworth, said: “I think it’s going to be a really exciting exhibition.”

Visit the gallery’s website for more details.

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