At Your Side



Acrylic and oil-based paint, along with a variety of other mixed media on canvas. The frame is hand-constructed and stitched with leather detailing by the artist, William DeBilzan.

67 x 55 in / 170 x 139 cm

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This Original Painting by William DeBilzan is titled “At Your Side”.

The work was painted with a combination of both acrylic and oil-based paint paired along with other mixed media on Canvas.

At a prominent stature of 67 inches in total height and 55 inches in total width, this is one of the larger original works of William DeBilzan.

This painting is an admirable member of the DeBilzan Romance Series reflecting intense feelings of both falling and being in love and the exhilaration of meeting a new lover or discovering your soul mate.

This painting is an exemplary work of DeBilzan’s use of mixed medium, such as, burlap and other types of breathable, natural fabrics. An image of a sketch done by Pablo Picasso is married into the top right corner of the painting. DeBilzan enjoys uniting inspirational images to his work intending the inclusion of that figure or content into the painting itself. The literal application and presence of this type of mixed media in the painting is symbolic to the inspiration that the media served to the artist’s conception of the work.

Building off the canvas with dense layers adhering the work to a multi-dimensional experience.

DeBilzan approaches each blank canvas with his unique style of spontaneous creativity. He endeavors to find balance by creating a solid foundation of rich color and bold texture, adding layers of dimension and complexity within each composition. DeBilzan’s abstract landscapes and figurative paintings are also grounded on a foundation of letters and symbols, adding to the eclectic influences of the Bay Area Expressionists. They evoke calmness and serenity, as well as an escape to a world created through the expressionist eyes. DeBilzan builds the work through a complex conception of layers and chapters of various medium yet concluded with the perspective of simplicity in life as the focus.

The elongated abstract figures often stand against a bold background of saturated color. His use of black outline emboldens and highlights the bright primary and secondary palette of his shadow-less world. The abstract figurative elements convey the simplicity of life while the posture, slight tilt of a head and arrangement of an arm elicits deep emotional reflection.

Though free of specific detail, DeBilzan’s figurative work evokes a sense of recognition either of people or places traveled. His faceless figures with obscure origin take on a personality of their own through stance and gesture. They invite observers to step into the paintings and become a part of the DeBilzan story.

The frame of the painting is made by hand by DeBilzan, as well. At the top, the wood structuring is detailed with dark trims of genuine leather and manually laced into the wood for adhesion.

William DeBilzan

Born in Texas in 1956, and raised in a small town in Michigan, William DeBilzan was never exposed to fine art while growing up. As an adolescent, William developed a love for art and culture, but not until he moved to California would his life-long artistic exploration finally manifest. Southern California provided a deep, cultural awakening DeBilzan had not yet experienced but craved in his youth. He opened his first gallery in Laguna Beach and later received the 1999“ Event of the Year in California” award starting the now famed First Thursdays Art Walk. DeBilzan credits his time in Laguna as a young adult to becoming the renowned abstract expressionist he is today. More than 20 years later, DeBilzan maintains a gallery in Laguna Beach and has a second gallery and studio in Delray Beach, Florida, where he currently resides. A self-taught artist, DeBilzan began painting abstracts. His curious nature and intuition led to the integration of objects into his canvas – from paper, fabric, metal to any material that inspired him. Often starting with a wash, DeBilzan builds his surfaces in a way that produces a luminous glaze in one area of the canvas and thick, highly-textured impasto players in another – a range of textures and effects with light, all on the same canvas. As a father of four, family, love and friendship have had the biggest impact on DeBilzan’s life. Coupled with a desire to share his experiences through painting, his figurative work through stick figures was born shortly thereafter. DeBilzan’s work has been included in many prominent collections, including the Burj Khalifia, the world’s tallest building in Dubai, and the tallest hotel in the Western Hemisphere, the Marriott near Central Park. TV and film credits for DeBIlzan’s work include Frasier, Spin City, and Burn Notice.

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