Winner of Next Star Artist 2008 –

Winner of Next Star Artist 2008 –

It is with great pleasure that I can announce the winner of the Next Star Artist competition ( for 2008 as being Herb Williams !!!

Thanks to everyone who entered the competition and to all the fantastic judges

Next Star Artist competition judges:

Rebecca Wilson: Saatchi Gallery –
Amy Stein: Artist –
Adam Simon: Fine Art Adoption Network –
David Cohen: Artworld Digest Magazine –
Shelley Esaak: About Network (Art History) –
Jon Feinstein: Humble Arts Foundation –
Sandra Pattin: Florence Biennale –
Jay FC: Galleri HK –
Paul Drake: Artist –
Amani Olu: Humble Arts Foundation –
Jodi Melfi: Absolute Arts –
Morgan Croney: –
Martin Hosking: Red Bubble:
Sixtine Crutchfield: Art Culture Studio:
Dion: Art News Blog –

Herb Williams Bio (

I am interested in iconic objects that society perceives to fit one role, and then reintroducing them in different subtexts. There are several questions that arise when an object(such as a crayon) that is so often associated with childhood is used to address issues dealing with more adult matters. The sculptures are childlike in their curious approach to the object as icon, but intriguing and satisfying to me in the use of pure color as form. Larger room installations also add the element of playing to the olfactory sense. I hope that this body of work is my most successful in adding to the greater visual dialogue of original art. My intent is to continue to seriously create art that looks at itself unseriously.

Some of my influences are H.C. Westermann, Jasper Johns, Jim Dine, Cai Guo-Qiang, Sandy Skoglund, Liza Lu, David Mach, Charles Ray, Magritte, Duchamp, Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst, Robert Rauschenburg, Banksy, and Ai Weiwei.

I am the only individual in the world with an account with Crayola. I get these colors individually packed 3000 to a case. I cut down the sticks to the length I need by hand with either double guillotine cigar cutters or large breed dog nail clippers. I then bond the paper, not the wax, to a form I have carved or cast, completely enveloping the form. Lately I have been casting the completed crayon sculptures in a silicone jacket mold with a two-part epoxy resin and then painting the resin sculpture to look like the original, for a small edition. The sculptures beg to be touched, so when they are cast it makes the handling of them that much easier. (from

image: Herb Williams in his studio

**Nicholas Forrest is an art market analyst, art critic and journalist based in Sydney, Australia. He is the founder of, writes the art column for the magazine Antiques and Collectibles for Pleasure and Profit and contributes to many other publications


One response to “Winner of Next Star Artist 2008 –

  1. Hello and Welcome!

    I would like to introduce a small part of my works of art, which can help you to have an impression on my works in general.
    For further information see
    if you get interested you can contact me on or
    Yours faithfully,
    Artist Kakhaber Tatishvili
    Tbilisi, Georgia

    1964 – I was born on 13 October
    I started painting at the early age
    1980-84 – studied at Tbilisi College of Art
    1984-86 – was forced to do military service in the “Red (Soviet) Army” in Siberia
    1986-92 – continued studying in Tbilisi Academy of Art, painting faculty.
    1993 – started working at Tbilisi State Philarmonics as chief artist. I have decorated a lot of musical plays.

    At different times I have taken part in various exhibitions in Tbilisi, Moscow, Prague, London, etc.
    My works do not contain or depict any political or social events. I would like every thing in my paintings to tell about itself and be self-depicting “reality”. I try them not to be any symbols or determiners of anything. I live in Tbilisi (Republic of Georgia) and the majority of my works are in private collections (mostly in the west). At the moment I collaborate with gallery Kaleidoscope in London. I took part in Christmas Exhibition (December 2007, London).

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