Interview: Bautil Willy
Luca Curci talks with Bautil Willy during the CANVAS INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR, at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello.
“I am 70 years old and in good condition. I have been drawing and painting since I was 12 years old, helped by my grandfather who was a self-taught painter. Born in Antwerp and currently living on the Belgian coast. I worked in a bank for 10 years and had my own transport company for 12 years. Now I have time to concentrate on painting and drawing. Every Monday I go cycling and draw the beautiful views and buildings of the region of which I made 44 drawing last year”.
Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Bautil Willy – Art is like a dream, it never ends and brings sunshine to the dark. It is the way to express myself in a silent material way by evoking feelings. The impulse to make art is very strong because when I make it everything around me stands still.I feel very good about it. For me art should inspire the viewer so that the impulse can be continued.
LC – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced yout work the most?
BW – When you look at the world you are amazed by all kind of things and when you try to understand them new questions arise. It is then that I use my unrequited and experienced thoughts and feelings to create art. You can say that all sorts of things affect me.
LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
BW – It is great to be an artist now because there are many new materials , methods and information so that you can choose the best way to express yourself. To make a living from art is very difficult and has always been throughout history, but now we have the opportunity to use all kinds of media.
LC – How is your creative process?
BW – When I am inspired I make a study of the phenomenon and approach it from all sides: philosophical, technical, poetic,… The result is a lot of data from which I take the best to express myself as well as possible, even the size of the canvas is important.
LC – Which art themes do you pursue What is your preferred subject, if there is any?
BW – I am concerned with positive thoughts because I think that today people think more about negative than positive things. I made a work about “hope”, “the experience of walking in the moonlight” , “feeling good at the thought of a deceased friend” , etc.
LC – We were attracted by your last artistic production, has the artwork presented been created for the exhibition or as a part of pre-existing works?
BW – They are a part of pre-existing works although they are created in the last 15 months.
LC – Can you explain something about the artworks you have in our exhibition?
BW – The work of the “Body Spaces” exhibition called “In chaos are stars” created is a sentence of one famous philosopher that thoughts should be free. The work “Surviveling” that will be exhibited in the exhibition “Mixing identities” shows how we make a person live on in our thoughts but when the bell rings everything is gone, it is that good and fragile. “Nightwalk” , shown at the “Visions” exhibition, is the impression at full moon that leaves you amazed.
LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
BW – The exhibitions organized by Itsliquid are good and there is a good follow up.
LC – What are your suggestions about our services Is there something more we can provide to artists?
BW – I like to see some photos of the installation of the exhibition and financial help by selling my works.
LC – What is your idea about Itsliquid Group?
BW – It is the first time I work with you and so far it is good.