Kent Robert Williams (born 1962) is an American painter and graphic novel artist.
A graduate of the Pratt Institute in New York City, Williams, a consummate draftsman and painter, has realized his work through various other artistic channels as well; that of the illustrated word and the graphic novel (most recently, The Fountain with filmmaker Darren Aronofsky), printmaking, photography, design, architecture, and film. A selection of his works on paper, Kent Williams: Drawings & Monotypes, was published in 1991, and Koan: Paintings by Jon J. Muth & Kent Williams, was published in 2001. His recent monograph, Kent Williams, Amalgam: Paintings & Drawings, 1992-2007, with text by Edward Lucie-Smith and Julia Morton, is the most comprehensive collection of Williams' work to date.
From 1983–1985, Williams was a regular contributor to Marvel Comics' Epic Illustrated. Williams was the regular cover artist for Vertigo's 'Hellblazer in 1990–1991.
Williams' work has been the subject of a number of solo exhibitions over the past ten years, including shows in New York City; San Francisco, CA; Sundance, Utah; the Duke Museum of Art, Durham, North Carolina; and in Los Angeles, California, where he is represented by Merry Karnowsky Gallery. His painting Trace Double-Portrait was exhibited at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., as part of the Outwin Boochever 2006 Portrait Exhibition. His work is collected both in the U.S. and abroad.
Williams is the recipient of a number of awards for his work, including the Yellow Kid Award; Lucca, Italy's prestigious comics award. In 2001, he was invited to be a fellow at the Sundance Filmmakers Lab in Sundance, Utah.