Recently, Hallmark Gallery, located on Prospect Street in La Jolla California, had a show featuring seven outstanding artists. The setting could not have been more beautiful. Hallmark Gallery sits in the center of the quaint village of La Jolla, on La Jolla cove; a real jewel.
As I watched the guests arrive, I couldn’t help thinking how lucky I am to live and work in one of the most beautiful cities in the United States. La Jolla is a “Jewel” in San Diego county.
But this post is not about San Diego, nor is it about La Jolla, California. It’s about a quiet unassuming gentleman, the artist, William Debilzan. The June show was my first opportunity to meet Mr. DeBilzan, or rather “Bill” (he prefers Bill to Mr. DeBilzan). I was thrilled. It was sort of like meeting a Rock Star for me. From the day I began as a consultant for Hallmark Gallery, William DeBilzan’s paintings just captivated me. Perhaps it is for this reason so many people have approached me to learn more about Bill’s paintings and to purchase it.
I was immediately taken by his bold colors and the anonymous figures he paints which seem to speak through their posture as clearly as if through an audible voice. William DeBilzan uses a variety of recycled material which he incorporates onto his multimedia canvas. The simplicity of his composition is made complex by texture and the color palette he uses so perfectly. His work is bold and challenging but with a playful nature. The wood frames he custom makes for each individual piece are typically as interesting as his paintings.
William DeBilzan’s paintings have been featured in Film and Television. “Frasier”; “Just Shoot Me”; “Spin City”; “L.A. Doctors”; and, “Housewives of Orange County” are some shows where one can find his paintings. His paintings also liven the walls of quite a few of La Jolla’s most prized designer homes.
William DeBilzan was also commissioned by the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra to create a huge visual interpretation of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons Concertos to accompany the symphony’s performance of this classic.
I invite everybody to visit us in La Jolla and stop by Hallmark Gallery to check out William’s DeBilzan’s newest paintings. If you are not in the area, then stop by the website to experience Bill’s work on your own, of give us a call to find a piece that is perfect for you. Art continues to be an excellent investment in these tumultuous financial times.
Christine Molina is Hallmark Gallery’s #1 art consultant.