Born in Texas in 1956 and raised in a small town in Michigan, William DeBilzan was never exposed to fine art while growing up. As an adolescent, William moved to California where his life-long artistic exploration would finally manifest itself. Southern California provided a deep, cultural awakening that DeBilzan had been craving.
He opened his first gallery in Laguna Beach and in 1999 received a distinguished award for starting the now famed First Thursdays Art Walk. DeBilzan credits his time in Laguna as a young adult for making him the renowned abstract expressionist he is today. More than 20 years later, DeBilzan maintains a gallery in Laguna Beach and has a second gallery and studio in Delray Beach, Florida, where he currently resides. DeBilzan started with strictly abstract compositions where he found a sense of personal experimentation without limits.
His curious nature and intuition led to the integration of objects onto his canvases: paper, fabric, metal, and any other material that inspired him. Coupled with a desire to share his experiences through painting, his figurative work through stick figures was born shortly thereafter.
Often starting with a wash, DeBilzan builds his surfaces in a way that produces a luminous glaze in one area of the canvas and thick, highly-textured impasto layers in another: a range of textures and effects with light, all on the same canvas. The figures truly tie together a complexity of layers, mixed medium, texture and visual communication. At a glance, the paintings come off with extensive simplicity, but a closer look and the complexity of the surface along with the complexity of William DeBilzan unfolds in a quiet, yet humble manner.
Embellished Canvas Prints