Owen Williams · Born England 1973 ·

Lives and works in Northern Canada · 
Practices a contemporary calligraphy 


I am a calligrapher and educator. Born in England, I grew up in Whitehorse, Yukon. An early interest in calligraphy and lettering led me to train in England: first as a stone letter carver in 1992 with the respected craftsman David Kindersley at his workshop in Cambridge, then from 1993 as a calligrapher at the Roehampton Institute in London where I graduated in 1998 with a BA (Hons) in Calligraphy. In 2000 I studied typeface design at Reading University’s Department of Typography & Visual Communication. From 2001 to 2003 I lived in Kyoto, Japan, where I studied contemporary expressions of Japanese calligraphy and traditional woodblock print techniques. Returning to Canada in 2004, I opened a studio in Whitehorse, Yukon, where I have developed my interest in calligraphy as a contemporary practice.

What is a contemporary calligraphy?* What can a contemporary calligraphy be? The answers are speculative. One definition proposes that calligraphy is the art of gesture. This posits calligraphy as a communicative art, within the domain of the visual arts. It suggests that calligraphy is an embodied practice, not dependant upon materials or technique, but rather nuance and convention. The images on this site represent a continued enquiry into the nature of calligraphy as a contemporary practice.