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William H. Thielen
updated: 01/22/2012
website: www.williamhthielen.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Untitled No 364 (badge of courage)
Untitled No 369 (bullseye)
Untitled No 371 (ripple effect)
Untitled No 373 (rise and shine)
Untitled No 389 (band-aid)
Untitled No 390 (top to bottom)
Untitled No 391 (dream catcher)
Untitled No 393 (floating)
Untitled No 395 (just another day)
Untitled No 395 (just another day) detail
Untitled No 396 (gardian angel)
Untitled No 396 (gardian angel) detail
Untitled No 397 (it all adds up)
Untitled No 397 (it all adds up) detail
Untitled No 401 (supercharged)
 
Portfolio Keywords:  abstract, autobiographical, geometric, obsessive, pattern, process, spiritual
 
 
Untitled No 364 (badge of courage) by William H. Thielen
Untitled No 364 (badge of courage)
graphite, ink, on paper
2011
29" x  23" 
Untitled No 369 (bullseye) by William H. Thielen
Untitled No 369 (bullseye)
graphite, ink, on paper
2011
29" x  23" 
Untitled No 371 (ripple effect) by William H. Thielen
Untitled No 371 (ripple effect)
graphite, ink, on paper
2011
29" x  23" 
Untitled No 373 (rise and shine) by William H. Thielen
Untitled No 373 (rise and shine)
graphite, ink, on paper
2011
29" x  23" 
Untitled No 389 (band-aid) by William H. Thielen
Untitled No 389 (band-aid)
graphite, ink on paper
2011
29" x  23" 
Untitled No 390 (top to bottom) by William H. Thielen
Untitled No 390 (top to bottom)
graphite, ink on paper
2011
29" x  23" 
Untitled No 391 (dream catcher) by William H. Thielen
Untitled No 391 (dream catcher)
graphite, ink on paper
2011
29" x  23" 
Untitled No 393 (floating) by William H. Thielen
Untitled No 393 (floating)
graphite, ink on paper
2011
29" x  23" 
Untitled No 395 (just another day) by William H. Thielen
Untitled No 395 (just another day)
graphite, ink on canvas
2011
60" x  48"  x 1" 
Untitled No 395 (just another day) detail by William H. Thielen
Untitled No 395 (just another day) detail
graphite, ink on canvas
2011
60" x  48"  x 1" 
Untitled No 396 (gardian angel) by William H. Thielen
Untitled No 396 (gardian angel)
graphite, ink on canvas
2011
60" x  48"  x 1" 
Untitled No 396 (gardian angel) detail by William H. Thielen
Untitled No 396 (gardian angel) detail
graphite, ink on canvas
2011
60" x  48"  x 1" 
Untitled No 397 (it all adds up) by William H. Thielen
Untitled No 397 (it all adds up)
graphite, ink on canvas
2011
60" x  48"  x 1" 
Untitled No 397 (it all adds up) detail by William H. Thielen
Untitled No 397 (it all adds up) detail
graphite, ink on canvas
2011
60" x  48"  x 1" 
Untitled No 401 (supercharged) by William H. Thielen
Untitled No 401 (supercharged)
graphite, ink on canvas
2011
60" x  48"  x 1" 

Artist Statement

THIS IS A VISUAL FIELD!

Emotions are the aesthetic glue of the work.

Trust the intuitive voice.

All good art is based on a truth;
it is about working towards an unknown.

The Intellects Are Wrong – Stop Thinking and Start Feeling!

Sounds easy, but it’s not.
Why do you think so few artists work in this manner?

When creating pictorial or sculptural objects, it is risky to trust the intuitive nature of emotions and the intellectual information that comes from observation.

For me, the only way to overcome this risk is in the language of abstraction.

The process of abstraction is one of spontaneity, flexibility, and trusting the intuitive nature of the act.  Also inherent in abstraction is an emotional reaction and metaphorical reckoning on the part of the viewer.  All of this helps to create a new visual language in which to address the issues behind the visual statement.

The issues behind my work are personal and autobiographical.  I work with these issues because they are my attempt to find my own true identity in a divisive social structure.  Maybe in a way I am trying to find beauty or a momentary calm while existing in a society that is full of hostility and hatred.

These works are about extremes and the tension that is created when opposites are thrust together.  The compositions, sometimes simple, other times complex, aid in the process of building these works.  I concentrate on the history of the process so that it silently complicates the depth of the object.

By juxtaposing complicated geometric patterns with freehand shapes, symbols, and line, works are created that stimulate, disturb, and distill feeling. 

The viewer, through a metaphorical language, must attempt to resolve this tension and find the truth in these works. 

These pieces are about looking for emotional truth in a post-modern world.  The work is a way to say “I was here; I saw; I experienced; I felt.”  It is the desire to find a truth.

EDUCATION

2011 Ross Bleckner, Anderson Ranch, Snowmass, CO

1984 Interchange, Banff (Alberta, Canada) Center for the Arts

1980 M.F.A., Southern Illinois University Carbondale

1977 B.S. Cum Laude, Northern State College, Aberdeen, SD

EXHIBITIONS

2011: Solo Show, Fern Fair Gallery, Carbondale, IL

2009: PINK – A Site-specific Installation, Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, MO, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7IsebjuKe0

2009: Solo Show, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY

2008: Solo Show, Murray (KY) State University

2006: Solo Show, Tennessee Technological University

2006: Featured Artist, Yeiser Art Center, Paducah, KY

2005-2006: Solo Show, South Dakota Art Museum, Brookings

2003: Solo Show, Southern Illinois University Museum, Carbondale

2002: 500 Works on Paper 1922-2002, Gary Snyder Fine Art, New York, NY

2002: Solo Show, City Arts Venue, Springfield, IL

2002: Solo Show, City Arts Venue, Springfield, IL

2001: Solo Show, Missouri State University, Springfield

1998: Granted Expressions, John A. Logan College, Carterville, IL

1997: Solo Show, Western Illinois University, Macomb

1995: Solo Show, Abstract Discourse, Illinois Museum and Gallery System: 9/10-10/20/95 Lockport Gallery; 2/25-4/6/96, Southern Illinois Gallery, Rend Lake; 9/20-11/10/96, Illinois Gallery, Chicago

1995: Two Person Show, Quincy (IL) Art Center

1994: Two Person Show, Triangle Gallery, Sinclair Community College, Dayton, OH

1994: Two Person Show, Giles Gallery, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond

1992: Solo Show, Artemesia Gallery, Chicago

1992: Less Than Perfect, A Site-Specific Installation, Hickory Lodge, Carbondale, IL

1991: Solo Show, Shirchiff Gallery, Vincennes (IN) University

1990: Solo Show, Axis 20 Gallery, Atlanta, GA

1990: Solo Show, Art Guild, Peoria, IL

1989: Solo Show, Truman University, Kirksville, MO

1988: Solo Show, New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art, New Harmony, IN

1988: Solo Show, Art Center of Minnesota, Wayzata, MN