ARTIST STATEMENT / BIO
For the past twenty-five years, I’ve been working as a professional artist, creating art for public spaces, commercial, and private enjoyment alike. Some of my past projects include designing a city welcome entry sign; a restaurant mural; an entire deck of playing cards, and special edition steel book DVD release covers. My work is represented in private collections throughout the world and has been published extensively.
As a kid I thrived on a healthy diet of comic books, horror movies, and Saturday morning cartoons. Little did I know all this would one day collide to create my lifelong career and passion! Inspired by this sense of nostalgia I seek to establish a lasting impression upon the public. I’ll open that fresh box of sugary cereal that is my psyche, dig deep, and explore whatever treasures I happen to uncover, thus creating images that literally cause people to stop and be utterly speechless!
Having always enjoyed the smell and texture of paint, I began “splattering” with my bare fingers in order to enjoy and appreciate the organic nature of my work and eliminate brushes. The technique started out very loose with landscapes and florals but was eventually mastered and expanded into portraiture and installation pieces. My work with portraiture lends itself to a complex blending of impressionism and pop art.
I also enjoy challenging myself with limitations, such as a portrait with ONLY four colors or an entire painting using shades of ONLY one color. Each painting provides a new opportunity for me to eschew long favored artistic practices and driving me to create my signature style. Faces emerge, fantastical images appear, and highly textured paintings and portraits that engage the public take shape. My art now represents a strong defiance of the traditional two-dimensional painting.
While I continue exploring new techniques and my work still touts my love of pop culture, you'll find it now sprinkled with more fine art creations. These embolden me to experiment with more architecture, portraits, and still lifes...things I probably would have never painted prior. And for that I am grateful.
Billy Tackett, Artist