William Oberst
Oil PaintingsStudies of PeopleWatercolorsDrawingsPrints
I'm a contemporary representational painter working mainly in oils. My subject is people, whom I depict in sometimes highly contrived situations (though sometimes not).

My other pursuit is philosophical-scientific: understanding how representational paintings function as first-person reports of artists' conscious experience.

In the Links section (above), you'll find "Visual Subjectivity and Consciousness," a slide presentation I gave at The Science of Consciousness 2017 conference in La Jolla, CA. You'll also find a 20-minute film titled “The Painter’s Vision" that explains where some of my ideas come from.


Shown here: "Man At Window," oil on linen, 40 x 50 in. Detail views are in the Portfolio section.