The paintings of this acclaimed artist get the lush treatment they deserve in this volume, which offers a career-spanning collection of the infamous lowbrow master. Williams sprang from the custom car culture of Southern California and the roots of the Underground Comix movement (Williams, of course, was one of the founding ZAP artists, along with R. Crumb), ultimately transcending the constraints of both by cultivating his mastery of oil paints and forging a career as the preeminent artist among a generation of imagist painters gathering inspiration from the shadowed corners of contemporary culture. Williams singlehandedly became the model of the "Outsider" art movement, influencing a generation of artists to create without concern for the fine art world, held in contempt by Williams. It's a feeling which had been reciprocated in kind for years by the established fine art community, although Williams' sheer mastery of his craft has caused a grudging retreat.
"This deluxe edition of Williams' 40 years of work is an arresting and influential body of paintings whose best qualities can only be seen live, or in this exquisitely produced volume." – The Stranger
"A stunning retrospective that, if thrown heartily, could brain a horse." – New Times L.A.
"[Malicious Resplendence] is an art book nicer than many of those devoted to Picasso, Monet, or Van Gogh... A beautifully constructed collection."" – Bikini
"At first, Williams' paintings may shock, titillate or disgust as readily as bloody bodies or mangled metal. But, they differ from the spectacle of auto fatalities insofar as they are not senseless. Informed commentaries lie beneath their apocalyptic veneer." – Artforum