More About Michael Williams and The Gonzo Collection
This Hunter S. Thompson "portrait" is made up entirely of Ralph Steadman illustrations. Steadman’s works are more than typical illustrations functioning as decorations for the written word. They stand together with the text and hammer a visual stake into the brain of the reader transporting them to a gruesomely beautiful environment. With this piece I wanted to honor the works of Steadman while conveying the notion that the Thompson/Steadman collaboration was an endeavor in which each contributor influenced and inspired the other.
In an interview with Kevin Perry of GQ Magazine in March 2013 Steadman remembered a conversation with Thompson: “He had to see the work before he could write anything. “I did the drawings first. He used to say he'd "get off the back of them." "You do something, Ralph, anything. I'll write after that."
Originally from Massachusetts, Michael Williams moved to New York City in the early 2000’s. His work has been exhibited at the Bullet Space Gallery in the Lower East Side and his paintings have been licensed for album art and book covers as well as various clothing lines. His styles and subjects are constantly evolving and this past decade has seen everything from figurative paintings, abstract works, mixed media maps to neighborhood street corners and store fronts.