Artist's Statement
 
The universe is a moving, spinning place… I have always been drawn to things that conveyed this energy. As a university student focusing on kinetic sculpture, as a filmmaker and now as a painter, this kinetic energy is central to my work. I build up layers of paint, combine metallic elements and play them off against hard-edge graphics to keep this movement alive in a dynamic built on contrast and juxtaposition.

Is it a painting or a sculpture? Both. The method of sawing, sanding and building would say “sculpture”. The application of paint with a brush says “painting”. Perhaps it’s a flat sculpture—a painting that engages and begs to be touched. Each painting is abstract in nature but with a structural base, forming a combination of non-objective shapes with hard edged elements that wrap around the side of the piece.
 
The process, which I refer to as “elemental reduction” involves the application of multiple layers of paint which are gradually removed by sanding. This removal creates both subtle shading and bold marks. There is a fair amount of mystery. After a layer of paint is applied and sanded, a clear coat is applied, which protects the painted areas and gives depth to the piece. Often there will be six to eight clear coats before the painting is complete. In the final phase, more clear layers are added and the whole surface is buffed to be less reflective and subtler. The resulting finish is like an old piece of lacquered furniture, nice to the touch and very durable.
 
This is a process of turning simple materials into something unexpected and elegant.


 

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Biography
 
Graduating with a BFA from the University of Colorado in 1969, Bill now calls Boulder, Colorado, home, but spends part of his time in New Zealand where he has a second studio and is represented by several galleries. He has shown in solo and group shows in both hemispheres and has works in private and corporate collections internationally.
 
 
“Bill’s technique uses graphic elements which act as a contrast to the more abstract background. His paintings have a dynamic quality yet provide a safe field in which the viewer can roam.”
 
“Discovering an artist with an established career who is perpetually searching, experimenting and stretching his creative voice is a joy for a collector. Bill has that voice; a voice which is energetic with imagination, a voice that is invigorating and always compelling.”
 
“Bill’s work has this wonderful juxtaposition of strong graphics and a painterly sensibility. The dynamic shapes and confident palate work with a spontaneous, kinetic quality. The processes used in the pieces are reminiscent of the graffiti movement. The work commands, provokes and impacts in the most gripping way.”
 
“Bill Snider’s paintings are quite stunning, and his work has an assertive physical presence conveying a concentrated sense of intensity and passion. Highly collectable!”


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