Hudders has been painting professionally for over twenty five years, exhibiting
his work in many solo and group exhibitions throughout Pennsylvania, New
Jersey, and New York.
In 2007 he was awarded a Pollack-Krasner grant to continue the creation of his work and in 2012 he was awarded a Franz and Virginia Bader Fund grant to continue a new series of paintings. His work is included in the collections of the Allentown Art Museum, Lehigh Valley Hospital, Citibank Collection in New York, and in the private collections of Mario Andretti and Tommy Hillfiger among others.
William Hudders graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1986 and then graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1991 with an MFA in painting. While at the University of Pennsylvania he studied with renowned Maine landscape artist Neil Welliver and greatly refined his realistic approach to painting. In 1991 he moved to New York city where he worked briefly for New York artist Jeff Koons and showed his work at the Tatistcheff Gallery, where he was favorably reviewed by Ken Johnson in the New York Times and Mario Naves in the New York Observer. He has also shown his work at the Hirschl and Adler Gallery in New York and has been included in many group shows throughout the New York area.
Willam Hudders decribes his work as contemporary American realism, as he paints directly from observation without the use of any cameras or other visual aides. All his landscapes are painted in “plein air”, in the actual environment of his subject matter. He describes his paintings as visual documents, with the intention and aims of poetry.
“What I am interested in is creating a deeper or heightened sensation of visual activity without losing the feeling of the materials and the physical quality of the paint on the canvas. Ideally, this should provide the viewer with a fresh or novel way of viewing the reality of appearances and the imagery of the surrounding world. As a painter, I am deeply committed to the art of painting and feel that there is still much to be explored within this discipline. To create any group of paintings with this in mind is a task I find endlessly fulfilling and satisfying. Hopefully viewers of my work can share this sense of fulfillment and see within my paintings the exploration and discovery of these visual ideas”. – William Hudders
Born and raised in Emmaus, Pennsylvania, William Hudders has lived in Easton, Pa. for the past ten years. He currently teaches at Northampton Community College in Bethlehem, Pa. and maintains a working studio in downtown Easton, PA.