A Triangular World, 1971
Acrylic on canvas with fabric and crochet thread
40 x 48 x 2 in (101.6 x 121.9 x 5.1 cm)

Franklin Williams (b. 1940 in Ogden, UT; lives and works in Petaluma, CA) is a critical yet underrepresented Bay Area figure whose work defies the parameters of the Funk, Nut, Visionary and Pattern & Decoration movements.

Since the early 1960s, the artist has maintained an idiosyncratic approach to art-making, creating intricately constructed sculptures, paintings, and works on paper using a range of techniques and processes, including stitching yarn and crochet thread directly into his supports. Influenced by household craft traditions and historical styles of ornament, Williams’s deeply personal work—rich with material and conceptual experimentation—addresses elemental themes of sexuality and desire, fantasy and reality, life and death.