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William Oistad

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New Brunswick, NJ

Lives in
Wilmette, IL

Works in
Wilmette, IL


Clemson University, 1995, MFA
SUNY College at Oswego, 1989, BA

Representing galleries
Looking for representation...

modern, mixed-media, abstract, chicago mixed-media painting, original paintings contemporary


   For me, creative energy is very much like the flow of water: always moving, changing speeds, gaining momentum and then turning in on oneself within an eddy before continuing along its path. The enduring sense of accomplishment of creating something visually “new” became the driving force that led me away from years of representational artwork, toward abstract creations built on the foundation of personal artistic reflection and experimentation.
   As a painter, I embrace the traditions of Abstraction as a vehicle to express the essence of 'exploration' through layering and refining the painted surface with line, form and color. I'm drawn to the spontaneous creation of paintings, allowing my hand to be guided by the moment and intuition as a continual process of action and reaction. My visual aesthetic leads me towards the subtle implication of familiar organic forms, leaving enough ambiguity to invite multiple references.

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