Ted Willis

I use acrylic paint, water color, oil paint stick, pastel chalk/pencils/crayons, charcoal and graphite pencils, and various inks. I also make multiple prints from hand colored, digitally manipulated photograghs’ using inkjet printers.

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Ted Willis


Born  Los Angeles, California., U.S.A., 1945

B.F.A from College of Art and Architecture, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, 1968.

Taught art, [media and techniques, design, art history], to children, adolescents and adults in the Ontario public school system and privately for thirty years.

Former Gallery Director and Studio Manager for Platform Gallery and Studios, Ottawa.

Presently living and working in Ottawa.

Artist Statement

How can a contemporary painter acknowledge the legacy of over 100 years of abstraction and also create work that is fresh and personal? That is the question that is hanging in the air every time I enter the studio.

I have no particular aesthetic or socio-political agenda….I’m not interested in any deterministic definition of art….I use abstract styles and motifs as a visual language…. I want meaning to emerge from my work through the act of painting and not the other way around….I have been influenced by painters such as Matisse, de Kooning, Richard Diebenkorn, Vincent Hawkins, Amy Sillman and others….My working method is tentative, using trial and error, adding and removing, following or rejecting ideas until I’m satisfied with the painting or turn it to the wall….

None of that may answer the original question but it seems to be a good way to begin.

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