ARTIST NEWSLETTER INTERVIEW — William DeBilzan

After a couple years of people asking me what is the meaning, what inspires me, what is the graffiti about, etc., etc., I started looking for answers as I didn’t have anything that I understood myself.

DeBilzan’s creative process is purely intuitive

I have always painted without thinking about what to paint. I let a painting develop as I paint. I begin to play with color and then let it happen.  Sometimes a painting will have many different layers of color and different colors on top of each other to get what works for me.  In the end it needs to have a balance of color that is pleasing to the eye.

The elongated figures are a dominant part of DeBilzan’s paintings

I found out early in my painting career the importance of white in a painting. That is why the shirts on my figures are always white.

I soon noticed my figures represented a relationship. Often times, there is a heart next to the figures with a XOXO.  I then noticed sometimes there were many figures and sometimes only 1 figure. The single figures had a feeling of being alone, sad and lonely, isolated.  During much of my career I have been single and I began relating my own life and experiences with my paintings. Soon that became the message I was looking for. Now when asked I have an answer that makes sense to me.

Multiple series emerged from DeBilzan’s figurative compositions, reflective of the artist’s life experience

From the Landscape Series which has shack like houses often found on the islands of the Caribbean where I love most to travel, to the Romance Series, where I have found myself in search of love, to the Alone Series which I have experienced many times in my life to a series where I am surrounded by friends which is called the Friendship Series.  I then realized that many people go through these times in life and can relate to what my message may be.

A Personal Connection

Throughout the years, I have completed at least 500 commission pieces, and over 95% of those pieces are personalized where the painting represents their family or a loved one, most of the time a man and a wife with their children and even their dog.  The personalized painting is one they will keep forever and pass it down to their own children and their children’s children. It often times becomes their favorite piece in their collection that is treasured most.

Featured Series – Romance Series

So, lets start with the Romance Series.  I believe that it is my most popular series.  A man and a woman together with a heart over their heads, sometimes with the children present, but most of the time it is just a man and a woman.   It’s a series we can all relate to whether we have a family or not.  It all has to start with romance and love.  Being married 3 times, I have experienced romance on several different occasions. I have 4 children, 3 boys and a girl, which you can also find in many of my paintings.  Romance brings about the happiest times in our lives and often ends up being the most difficult times in our lives.  I have experienced this many times, which causes me to examine in my own life why it is so good and then becomes so bad. In these experiences there is often heartbreak associated with a feeling of failure and then ending up being alone.  Even when we fail and go through the most difficult times in life we still want love.