- Oil paint on canvas
- Confirmed: 835 x 1338 x 22 mm
- Purchased 2011
Death and the Conquistador demonstrates Williams’s engagement with debates around abstraction in Europe and America, and its subject matter has roots in the memory of his early life in Guyana. Through the depiction of a field of bone-like shapes resembling human or animal forms, he addresses the colonisation of Latin America by the conquistadors (soldiers in the service of Spain and Portugal). Williams stated that ‘the crux of the matter… inherent in my work … has been the human predicament, especially with regard to the Guyanese situation’.
Gallery label, September 2016