QUESTION & ANSWER WITH TONY SOUTH
Q: Why do I paint what I paint?
A: Hmmm, I guess I liken my themes to a clearing out of the loft or maybe a garage sale, a convergence of "mind garbage" collected over many years daydreaming.
Q: Are there any details that have an important significance in Britannia revisited
A: Yes, the Union Jack/flag and the Triumph motorcycle were once symbols of an industrious and thriving British empire.The monkey in the Britannia attire marks the devolution of these symbols and an ending of an era, for better or worse!
Q: What do you hope the viewer takes away from your work
A: A lighter wallet would be good...In all seriousness though, if the viewer walks away and remembers the painting weeks/months or years later then I couldn't ask for more.
Q: What is your dream project?
A: As a young man I used to dream of my drawings/ paintings adorning the album covers of my favourite rock bands, I remember sending stuff to Thin Lizzy etc when I was around 13/14 years old...to no avail though. Album covers were also a big inspiration for me starting out, holding artists Roger Dean, Jim FitzPTrick, Frazetta and Vallejo in high esteem.
Q: If you can see your work hanging in one museum/collection which would it be?
A: I don't mind really where my works hang, as long as the owners enjoy it and still get a kick from it.
BIOGRAPHY - William A. Suys, Jr. B. 1955
Bill Suys is a master painter whose work is included in national and international collections. His paintings and commissioned portraits have been selected to hang in national and international exhibitions, including The Oil Painters of America, the Art Renewal Center Salon, the Salon International at the International Museum of Masters of Contemporary Fine Art, and the Portrait Society of America.
Following 20 years in corporate life, Suys turned to painting full-time in 1995. He has traveled the world to select art for a private corporate collection. Bill holds degrees in Business and Art, and has taught classes and workshops in a variety of venues.
I believe a successful piece of art – whether subjective or abstract, painting or sculpture – takes on a life and spirit of its own. Beyond simply viewing the work, you become personally involved in it. The most successful work can be measured by its ability to compel the viewer into its environment and to touch emotions in a unique and timeless way, with the best work staying fresh and compelling forever.
The blank canvas gives me absolute freedom to create. I have the same opportunity afforded past artists from Leonardo to Sargent. My joy as an artist comes from taking maximum advantage of this oportunity by creating work that possesses its own artistic heart and soul; a presence that emanates from the painting. This challenge leaves me feeling both humbled and exhilarated.
I am committed to artistic excellence, lifelong improvement, and a body of work that will stand the test of time.
William A. Suys, Jr. - B. 1955
Oil on panel
24 x 18 inches