Bill Zima has been on quite an eventful journey, hailing from Chicago where he was a much celebrated artist producing fine works of art. Bill began to feel consumed by the mechanisms of the commissioning process and wanted to start painting for himself. There followed a long sabbatical in Spain where he began to develop encaustic works with the inspiration of bonsai sitting in the back of his mind. A couple of years ago he once again relocated to Edinburgh with his young family and began to use a combination of his original skills combined with his enthusiasm for ink and wax.
In February this year we revealed the first showing of these works in England to huge acclaim. All the works are based on real trees, yet they have a clear bonsai/Asian influence. There's depth, texture and smell from the beeswax used in the process. The works are remarkable in their adaptability to any home or office building.
We recently asked Bill about the process, inspiration and skills and he replied with these wonderful words:
" Often, when I start a painting I have somewhat of an idea of what the finished piece will look like…I make works of art because I want actually to see and touch the painting in mind. There are a great many discoveries to be had on the journey of making a painting and part of its individual characteristics, or personality, will reveal itself to me as the piece develops. Untitled (NME14) is an example. In this painting I knew I wanted the background colour to be a deep, dark blue. As the contour drawing evolved, there was a sense of time and season and rain made its way into the drawing. This was a response to the image, not an original intention. The background is then painted the dark blue and covered in wax. As you can see from the progression, as well as the finished piece, this detail is very, very subtle. But it is there. I know it and now you know it. It is part of the paintings personality."
Below are a number of images showing the progress of the above painting.