Earlier this week I blogged about two artists that I discovered on Twitter. Today I would like to tell you a little more about one of them. It is with great pleasure that I introduce to you Nate Williams, an illustrator, travel enthusiast, and all-around interesting person. Originally from the western United States, and now based in Buenos Aires, Williams creates pieces that are incredibly original and instantly recognizable. His artistic style reflects a life that is filled with adventure and rich with culture. It is indicative of a man who is deeply in tune to his surroundings.
Like most of the artists that I feature on this website, Williams’s personal history is just as unusual as his artwork. In the early 2000’s, after building a career in the web industry for nearly a decade, he decided that he needed a change– a drastic one. So he packed his bags, and moved to South America. He has remained there ever since. In a 2004 interview with Dozen, Williams explained the impetus for his sudden change in scenery. It was really an admirable move, in my opinion!
My life was out of balance. I was working a ton and supposed to be happy from this ‘success’, however I felt like crap. Why does success feel so crappy? Maybe, because its not success. I took inventory and thought about what made me happy. It was very simple things like throwing a stick to my dog, having the free time to wander around the city and notice things, spending time with family and friends, etc. So I asked myself, ‘why am I investing so much time in the things that don’t mean that much to me when the things I enjoy are free and easily attainable?’
At that point I decided to make a change in my life and invest in the less tangible things like learning a language, living in other countries, learning about history and nature, and most of all, just having the free time to think, wonder and discover. People thought I was crazy cause I was giving up all these material things, but really they were just anchors and prevented me from living more freely.
Williams’s work has been published, exhibited and reviewed in over twenty countries. His list of corporate clients is equally diverse, including notable companies such as Converse Shoes, Cartoon Network, New York Times, Microsoft, and Pearl Jam.
Although Williams is primarily known for his work as an illustrator, he has successfully transfered his talents into other forms of creative business. He is the founder of the popular virtual community, illustrationmundo, as well as a Partner at an Argentina-based home decor company called Moody Buddha.
I consider each of Williams’s pieces an invitation into his own fantasy world. Trust me, its a pretty fun place to visit! You can find his playful prints on shoes, CD jackets, billboards, and magazine covers. If you are interested in owning some of his work, check out these great children’s books: Soulville and All Together Now: Beatles Stuff for Kids of All Ages.