Antony Williams is one of the maximum representatives of the fledgling contemporary English realism. He studied at Farnham College of Art and Portsmouth University, and was initiated in traditional techniques due to his friendship with an art restorer of 19th century paintings with whom he studied. He has taken part in numerous collective exhibitions, principally in London, and individual exhibitions in London, Barcelona and Madrid. His work can be found in the Royal Society of Portrait Painters (London), National Portrait Gallery (London), Tate Modern (London), Queen’s College and in the most important private English, Irish and American collections.
He is member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters. Specialized in portraits, his work is based on the absolute dominion of drawing in various scales, from the small portraits where he achieves a great sensation of intimacy to the large nudes which increase the impact and monumentality of the image. His Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II (1996) marked a turning point in his career by winning the competition organized by the Royal Society of Portrait Painters in 1991. The painting generated a certain amount of controversy due to its stark realism.