ABOUT GENE WILLIAMS

 

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Gene Williams (l.) with an unidentified fan

Gene Williams is a Musician & Visual Artist from Queens, NY. Influenced by comic artists and illustrators like, Al Hirschfeld, Jack Davis, Walt Kelly, and John Romita Sr. Gene attended the School of Visual Arts, and studied ‘sequential art’ under the legendary Will Eisner.

During the 80’s his illustrations, and cartoons frequently appeared in:
Video Games Magazine, Scholastic Press: Bananas, K Power
Easy Home Computer Magazine, Rock Video Magazine, and Starlog Magazine.

In the 90’s Gene followed a different career path towards music, and began touring and recording as keyboardist for many notable artists including, Roberta Flack, Chaka Khan, Freddie Jackson, Vernon Reid, Corey Glover and the Black Rock Coalition Orchestra. He also recorded his own solo Jazz/Funk CD entitled, ‘Welcome 2 My World.’

A fan of technology, Gene began working on Macintosh computers in 1988 which allowed him to find new ways to combine his interests in both music, and art. Keeping up with the latest devices, in 2010 Gene eventually discovered Autodesk’s Sketchbook Mobile, a drawing app for the iphone, and began to develop his own signature style creating and array of unique caricatures sketching with his finger on the glass screen of the iphone.

In 2013 Gene’s iPhone art was exhibited along with several other notable digital artists in the Pacific League’s 1rst Annual Mobile Art Exhibition in San Francisco, Ca.

Also a pioneer in the field of machinima film making, Gene’s animated video ‘Miles11Hour Episode Eight: Jazzologist Now’ was an official selection, and the first machinima to be screened at the 2013 San Francisco Black Film Festival.

Gene continues to explore artistic expression in both Music & Art, and currently teaches music at the Boy’s Club of N.Y.


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