Griff Williams

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Griff Williams (born 1966) is an American painter, publisher, art instructor, and the owner of the Gallery 16 art gallery. His paintings have been exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide, including San Diego Museum of Art, Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, New Langton Arts, Andrea Schwartz Gallery and Stephen Wirtz Gallery. His work has been reviewed in Art in America, Flash Art and


Early life[edit]

Griff Williams was born in Butte, Montana in 1966, the son of John Patrick Williams (born October 30, 1937), who was later elected to the state of Montana's House of Representatives and Carol Griffith Williams who was later elected to the Montana State Legislature and served as the first female majority leader in the state senate in the history of Montana. Williams graduated from high school in 1984, received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Montana in 1988, and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the San Francisco Art Institute – where he currently is employed as an instructor – in 1993. His sister is philanthropist Whitney Williams.


Williams lives in San Francisco, California and owns the Gallery 16 art gallery. Since 1993, the gallery has exhibited the works of many influential contemporary artists, including Margaret Kilgallen, Arturo Herrera, Michelle Grabner and Mark Grotjahn.

Williams has also designed and published acclaimed books with the Gallery 16 Editions imprint.

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