‘El Diácono (The Deacon)’ by Bill Mayer
Artist: Bill Mayer
Title: ‘El Diácono (The Deacon)’
Medium: Gouache on Watercolour Paper
Dimensions: 6.25” x 6.25”
Framing: Framed in Black (Frame Size: 14” x 14”)
Year of Creation: 2018
About the Artwork:
“For several years I have been exploring a series of gouache paintings I named ‘Strange Dreams’. for these surreal and ironic images that draw from and twist the familiar into grotesque and sometimes dark and disturbing. These little gouache paintings are based on dream-like visuals that are meant to share emotional content. I have always been fascinated with the dark dream-visuals that sometimes seep into your subconscious, and in this series of paintings, I tried to put those strange dreams down on paper.
All of the paintings are done in gouache on watercolor paper. They’re an ongoing experiment with medium and composition and the potent nature of dreams. I believe color is really emotion. Color choices are made to reinforce those emotions. I think there are no deep, dark, hidden secrets. It’s just fun to play with the emotions art can generate. To me there’s a sense of poetry in the playful use of surreal elements.
Continuing in the Gouache Series, ‘Strange Dreams’, this collection of four portraits portray the nature of piety. It is a humorously haunting theme reflecting a bleak outlook on humanity and religion.” – Bill Mayer
About the Artist:
This past year, along with the many awards of merit from Spectrum 24, 3×3 Annual 14, American Illustration, and more, Bill has just finished a large collection of paintings for an illustrated edition of George Orwell’s Animal Farm, which has been featured in Communication Arts Illustration Annual, Society of Illustrators 60 New York, and won a gold medal in Society of Illustrators 56 West. Also from SI West, a gold medal for his poster ‘Savages’, for Steppenwolf Theater, A silver medal for ‘A Time for Reflection’ for Strategic Insight, along with his Radio Flyer poster, ‘See Octopus Shiny Treasure Bay’ receiving the Patrick Nagel Award of Excellence. Bill was also chosen to be this years chair for the 3×3 illustration shows in 2018.