Local artist Bill Shain lives in Pine Island, Minnesota. His preferred medium is the airbrush with liquid acrylics on paper, canvas and hardboard. He also employs traditional brushes, pens, pastels, rollers and other tools for various effects.
Combining his natural talent for art with various interests, skills and education, he’s created a unique style of his own. Inspiration from famous artists like Dali, Picasso, and contemporary artist HR Giger can be identified in his work. His pursuit of art study began while in high school, and has continued to this day. He has studied various genre’s of art such as Impressionism, Surrealism and Abstract art. A special interest in classic human form, expression and perspective has directed Bill toward the study of Renaissance art. As new ideas continue to evolve into new forms, the organic, interconnected vascular shapes remain as a constant and recognizable feature.
Bill has worked as a professional automotive painter in the collision repair trade for over 30 years, and is skilled in refinishing all types of vehicles and substrates such as steel, aluminum, fiberglass, and flexible plastics. Along with collision repair, Bill has done many outstanding custom paint jobs and graphic design schemes on cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Bill notes: “Automotive custom paint is very trendy, and the cool designs I painted back in the 1980′s would never pass today. Car designs and custom paint designs alike become outdated and obsolete, and that’s why I’ve decided to commit my artwork to canvas instead. It’s better that my art hangs on a wall rather than fading, chipping, rusting, or sitting in a junkyard.”
Bill believes many modern art galleries exhibit abstract art that is just plain absurd, which only confuses and alienates people, causing them to question the true definition of art.
His axioms for art are:
Art should demonstrate new ideas, concepts, or perspectives.
Art should inspire people. Art should inspire conversation.
Art should come from the soul, and not be compromised.
Art should be thought-provoking and timeless.
“ I strictly adhere to a principle of creating pure undiluted art which reflects my personality and interests, rather than mass producing pretentious or soulless artwork designed for mass popularity (also known as kitsch). I fully expect that not all people will appreciate my art, and may describe it as dark, depressing or obscene. Some people may dislike my style in the same way music fans (of a certain genre) may dislike another style of music. Art has no rules or boundaries, and is subjectively defined according to each person’s unique perspective.
Vincent Van Gogh spent his entire life painting, but sold only one piece during his lifetime. Suffering through sickness, despair and poverty, he never compromised his style, or surrendered to producing kitsch to survive. His work wasn’t appreciated during his time, but has since become priceless in our generation. His example should be the role model for all artists.”
See more of Bill’s unique work at his website: www.billshain.com.