Bill Frederick Artist

Picture of the Day

Not today.


Gone fishing
Dark and Light: 24 Paintings by Bill Frederick

book cover 52 pages, soft cover, ISBN-13: 978-0-615-32670-2

Available  for $35 from Boffo Books



I’m an artist living in Chicago. Most little kids make pictures: I never stopped.

For many years I’ve worked with—and for—a variety of art galleries in Chicago and in the surrounding region. I’ve become familiar with the challenges and pleasures of them as businesses and cultural entities.

For the past few years I’ve made art on a modest scale and worked on related creative projects: the junction between photographic and drawn images, honing my Photoshop skills (still not sharp!), checking out Gimp, working on lo-fi digital printing. I’ve also been writing and illustrating a children’s book–that’s been quite an experience!

It’s given me invaluable time to rethink my artistic point and goals. Any conclusions will likely be reflected here on this website.

Résumé (pdf)


An Aside

These junk-food-and-caffeine-fueled paintings are made with the simple materials of pencil, brush, water, ink, watercolor, and paper—materials that require little technical know-how while demanding brevity and craft—materials that I love for their beauty and for the way they make an obvious record of their use.

Here are some things I tell myself—or not—as circumstances require:

Still, my pictures don’t finally advocate anything or reflect any agenda but this: They say an affirmative “Yes, I’m present in the world at this moment—I see it around me!” From somewhere I might hear an answering call back, “Yes, at this moment I’m present too.”    That’s it.


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