First TouchMark by William Dilworth
First TouchMark, 1994
Oil on canvas
14-1/2 x 12 inches
William Dilworth’s paintings range in size and palette, incorporating smooth streaks of color and shapes that defy recognition for how they were made. Each intentional gesture is a spontaneous exploration of movement and material. Forgoing canvas, Dilworth paints on Formica, a thin, strong plastic laminate that allows his oil paints to travel across the surface. In some works, smoothness is interrupted with bark-like texture, the cumulative result of the artist’s fingertips, motion, and time. Dilworth paints on the floor using the soles of his shoes instead of brushes to lessen the practiced control of hands, “I don’t want to impose things. I want to discover things.” Dilworth (b. 1954, Detroit) is based in New York City. His artistic discipline spans drawing and writing with a concentration on abstract painting. He received his BFA from Wayne State University, Detroit. He has been featured in solo and group shows across the country and in Paris.
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