A Master at Emotive Realism

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He’s painting daily under the 44,000-square foot tent at the Arizona Fine Art EXPO, but in a few months, Reian Williams could be painting Hollywood’s biggest stars and their families.

That’s because Williams is the featured artist for the 2019 “Everyone Wins” nominee gift bags at the Oscars on Sun., Feb. 24. All Academy Award nominees who do not win an Oscar will receive an “Everyone Wins” nominee gift bag. This year the bags will feature a certificate for a commissioned painting by Williams worth up to $10,000.

Artists from all over the world submit their work to be accepted into the bags. This is Williams third consecutive year being featured, a feat no other artist, or gift, has ever accomplished.

A self-taught artist, Williams is best described as a master of emotive realism for his ability to capture his subjects’ emotions. “Art is an emotion,” says Williams. “Whether it is from the artist or the viewer, it is meant to convey a message.”

In addition to being included in the gift bags, Williams will display a large painting in the Gift Room where nominees receive their “Everyone Wins” nominee gift bag. This year’s Gift Room painting focuses on women’s empowerment.

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Art enthusiasts can see Williams in action working on his painting for the Gift Room at the Oscars or other works of art when they visit the Arizona Fine Art EXPO through Sun., Mar. 24. Can you please ask Reian when he has to send the painting to the Oscars? We should try to get coverage before that.

Arizona Fine Art EXPO is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the festive white tents located at 26540 N. Scottsdale Road, on the southwest corner of Scottsdale and Jomax Roads next to MacDonald’s Ranch.

Williams has one of 124 patron-friendly studios at the fine art show. Attendees are given the rare chance to meet the artists, see them in action, and learn about their passion, inspiration and techniques.

An Oklahoma resident, Williams is in the Valley for three months participating in the show for the first time. While the fine art show features many local and regional artists, some artists have traveled from as far away as Israel, Zimbabwe, Russia, Korea, Mexico, Holland, China, Canada, Peru and throughout the United States to participate in the show.

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