Firebird original watercolor and gouache oainting by Asheville artist William Henry Price

LH019: William Henry Price – Painting the Aliveness of the World

"Kingfisher" 30x22" Watercolor and Gouache painting by Asheville artist William Henry Price
“Kingfisher” 30×22″ Watercolor and Gouache painting by Asheville artist William Henry Price

William Henry Price is a painter in the River Arts District of Asheville, NC.  Using watercolor, gouache (opaque watercolor), and acrylic, William paints the natural world, but not in the form of traditional landscapes, as he used to do.

Being part of this conversation was quite the experience for me–listening to William talk about what he is painting, along with the how and the why of his work.  To be honest, I was spellbound.  Hoping you will have a similar experience when you listen, I’m going to try not to spoil it for you by telling you too much here, in advance.

Suffice it to say, although William is well-educated as an artist (BFA from Boston University and MFA from Rutgers), when you hear the interview, you will understand that William’s paintings are actually highly informed by on-going lessons he receives from a very different source.

Asheville Artist William Henry Price
Asheville Artist William Henry Price

To connect with William and see more of his work:

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  • Visit his website at http://www.williamhenryprice.com
  • Follow his Facebook page
  • Visit his studio in the River Arts District at Pink Dog Creative, 348 Depot Street, Asheville, NC (Wednesday through Saturday, 11 am to 4 pm, and by appointment)

Highlights of this interview include:

  • how William’s dissatisfaction with painting landscape as scenery lead to his current approach
  • the role of art in early cultures and why “art still wants to behave that way” (quoting William)
  • William’s discussion of the mystery of the life force
  • how William knows that a painting is finished
  • how he manages to do such intense work in an open studio in the River Arts District of Asheville

Links mentioned during this interview:

  • Will Behler, who taught William art when he was a child.  Will Behler died in 1994, but William found a link to his work here.

Other examples of William’s work:

"Saucon Creek" 18.5x15" Watercolor and Gouache painting by Asheville artist William Henry Price
“Saucon Creek” 18.5×15″ Watercolor and Gouache painting by Asheville artist William Henry Price
"Lost Language of the Dacians" 48x34" Acrylic painting by Asheville artist William Henry Price
“Lost Language of the Dacians” 48×34″ Acrylic painting by Asheville artist William Henry Price
"Firebird" 21.5x30" Watercolor and Gouache painting by Asheville artist William Henry Price
“Firebird” 21.5×30″ Watercolor and Gouache painting by Asheville artist William Henry Price
"Advent at Paphos" 17.5x2.25" Watercolor and Gouache painting by Asheville Artist William Henry Price
“Advent at Paphos” 17.5×21.25″ Watercolor and Gouache painting by Asheville Artist William Henry Price
"Evening Thrush" 42x34" Acrylic painting by Asheville artist William Henry Price
“Evening Thrush” 42×34″ Acrylic painting by Asheville artist William Henry Price
"Germination" 11x7" Watercolor and Gouache painting by Asheville artist William Henry Price
“Germination” 11×7″ Watercolor and Gouache painting by Asheville artist William Henry Price

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