Bill Stone is an artist working out of his studio in Algonquin, Illinois. His roots are grounded in Massachusetts where he grew up in a rural community south of Boston. He graduated from Vesper George School of Art in Boston, studying commercial and fine art. This is where he fell in love with painting. His professional art career began as an illustrator/graphic designer for a local magazine publisher and then as an art director for a small ad agency in Boston. Bill went on to become an award-winning Creative Director for a major international advertising agency in Chicago, although throughout his career, he never stopped painting.
Most of Bill’s work is influenced by the color, movement and texture found in the natural world around us. His deliberate bold strokes create a weight and sense of elegance to his vibrant abstract works and adds intense spirit to his expressive figures. Mr. Stone’s work invites the viewer to become lost in a myriad of color, texture and movement while challenging internal reflection, emotion and response.
In 2004 Mr. Stone began exhibiting his work and can be found in many private collections around the world.
I want you to see something new in the painting every time you view it and I don’t want you to look away. The painting may appear complex but my technique is simple. For the base colors, I mix large pools of oil paint with a gloss medium. Working in layers from dark to light, I paint very fast. I attack the canvas and must finish in one long session because I need it to stay wet in order to achieve the desired texture. I use an extra large palette knife with a point at the end, which I use to reveal the layer underneath while applying a new one. Thick layers of oil build on top of each other creating a deep, rich texture that is accentuated by a coat of Damar varnish, once the canvas is dry.”