Featured Artist: Bill Abright
Bill Abright is a local San Franciscan artist whose drawings and sculptures cross over into each other with a fantastic morph. Masks, his flat graphites are a wonderful translation of 3D on paper. And his 3D ceramic mask sculptures are fabulous – full of applied wood grain, dripping paints, and Bacon inspired emotive distortions. The carved contours of his faces can remind one of a topographical relief map, with mountains and valleys as the facial features.
Bill’s newest sculpture is full of quirky, funky birds (see bottom images) – with organic inspired shapes, like driftwood and shell coils, mixed with a hint of robotic-like anatomy.
I’ve always been attracted to masks. I concentrate on the face because it is the most memorable and expressive part of a person’s identity. The human condition is at the heart of my imagery, and these characters develop personalities through my dialog with the clay. The larger than life scale of my work is intended to confront the viewer as well as challenge my ability to create forms.
The twist of an individual’s imagination is one trait that accounts for our different perceptions of reality. As a child I would fall asleep seeing faces in the wood grain wallpaper of my bedroom. Throughout my education artists who were unique in their approach to creating unusual and somewhat dark work inspired me.
LINK: To Bill’s website here.
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