Nobody deserves the ‘outsider’ tag more than Roger Williamson. Completely self-taught, mysteriously moved in his 40’s to take up the brush, gloriously isolated from mainstream curatorial prerogatives–the founder and proprietor of Magus Books and Herbs paints for no one but himself. Even if every other mammal stepped off the planet, he’d almost surely go on doing his Muses’ dirty work. Yet the artist hasn’t a single naive bone in his body. And while (the odd portrait excepted) he strictly depicts images from his own rich inner life, Williamson, like the universe itself, loathes stasis. Wanderlust and constant self-transformation figure in every aspect of the UK transplant’s life, from his ongoing exploration of ceremonial magic, shamanism, and a few dozen related disciplines to his nine published books–but they’re the driving forces behind the oils and pastels. Equally adept at tweaking received themes and representing newly broached regions of his deepest psyche, Williamson defies cookie-cutter assumptions about visionary artists simply by following his heart. Neither prophet nor poet the painter most often finds (and/or loses) himself playing journalist/spy in some of quantum reality’s diciest opportunity zones, intent on bringing us everything Prometheus didn’t. He is the author of The Sun at Night, Labyrinth: Tales of a Rite of Passage, Lucifer’s: A Basic Handbook of Luciferian Sorcery, The Black Book of the Jackal, On The Arrival of the Machine, Calling up the Spirits, Howling at the Sky, Lucifer Diaries and The Tarot of the Morning Star 22 card deck and book – Rod Smith
If you don't create your own reeality you are condemed to live in someone else's.
Born Loughborough United Kingdom, 1947
Currently lives in Minneapolis, MN, USA
To Really See, University of Minnesota, Bio Medical Library curated by Spectrum ArtWorks. October 2017-April 2018. Extended to August 2018
To Really See, Cargill Hall, Hennepin County Library—Minneapolis Central, curated by Spectrum ArtWorks. August 10—September 27, 2017
Art of Darkness, Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts, Fridley, MN, 2016
Modern Pagans/Ancient Realms, Vine Arts Center, Minneapolis, MN, 2016
Animal Attraction, Gallery 427, Minneapolis, MN, 2015
Doorways to the Underworld, Stevens Square Center for the Arts, Minneapolis, MN 2014
Third Offering Gallery, Paganicon, Minneapolis, MN , 2014
Transcendental Vibration, Abstracted Gallery, Minneapolis, MN, 2014
Colors, Gamut Gallery, Minneapolis, MN 2012
Animal Art III, Altered Esthetics Gallery, Minneapolis, MN, 2011
Dreaming in the God Factory,MagusGallery, Magus Books and Herbs,1848 Central Ave. NE, Minneapolis
Chimera, Stevens Center for the Arts, Minneapolis, MN, 2013
God Factory, The Nicollet, Minneapolis, MN 2011.
Awarded Best In Show 2014, Third Offering Gallery, Paganicon.
Tarot of the Morning Star deck and book set, Magus Meta Media 2007
Book reprinted Roger Williamson Art, 2013