- Posted September 3, 2013 by
West Hollywood, California
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Hollywood’s Preview to Billy Zane's London Art Exhibition ‘Seize The Day Bed' at London's Rook & Raven Gallery
In anticipation of his London exhibition, October 11 to November 7, London's Rook & Raven Gallery previewed Seize The Day Bed, the ﬁrst UK solo exhibition by artist and actor Billy Zane on August 21, 2013 in Los Angeles.
This preview features a collection of signature paintings that have drawn comparisons to both Abstract Expressionism and the Neo Expressionist movements.
Widely recognized as an actor, Zane is an exemplary renaissance man, also making waves as an artist and painter of merit and distinction. Zane
began painting during his seven months of ﬁlming the blockbuster movie Titanic in 1997, utilizing only locally sourced materials to create a series of abstract paintings.
His interest for painting quickly developed from being a pastime to a real passion and he now sets up an art studio in each location he films. Using a process that is wildly methodical, Zane draws great inspiration from Action Painting.
He explains: “For me, the act of painting is a seduction by way of a contradiction. While creating on the ground is labor-intensive work, I am somehow transported beyond the physical. Rather than adding layers of paint, I feel I am digging a tunnel to another land. Other times, instead of the ﬂoorl feel I am working on the ceiling. Color tears at my perception and re-deﬁne the laws of geometry and gravity. Textures become structures to be broken and rebuilt again and again.
This combination of labor and euphoria, of back work and ‘the high arts’ creates a cosmic pull between two forces; then a ﬂeeting no-man's land appears on my internal GPS from which my most satisfying creations emerge. I feel alone in the moment of creation, regardless of frequent foot traffic, neighbor's cars and inﬂatable kiddie pools sharing my easel. ”
Zane adds: “Seize The Day Bed is a song to duality in a sun burnt Southern Californian driveway. An offering of improvisations on canvas and paper derived.from the inﬂuence of opposing forces: a bi-polar, analogue
construction in our virtual world of multitasked, second screen experiences. A pun as punch. That’s all I can really say about it. ”