Stuart Williams (1950-2012) lived under the constraints of Prader-Willi syndrome, an incurable genetic disorder that is marked by poor muscle control, unrelenting hunger, depression, and a failure to develop sexually. Despite his condition, Williams persevered and was encouraged by his family to follow his creative pursuits. The artist’s early years were spent with his large family in a rambling farmhouse in New Hampshire, while in later years he was hospitalized several times for depression and moved about trying to find a living situation that supported him. Throughout it all, Williams was compelled to draw, ultimately creating a stunning body of work over his 45-year career. Working primarily with pencil, paper, and colored markers, Williams focused on his mystical connection with animals.
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