Oregon-based painter and printmaker Bill Sharp works in a blocky, crisp style, creating landscapes and paintings of architectural subjects that capture hard angles and contrast between light and shadow. Bill’s artistic practice is influenced by the artist’s own change in perspective following his wife’s death, and the artist seeks to capture the significance, whether real or imagined, in everyday scenes.
I really enjoy they way that Bill is able to switch between a diverse range of subjects quite effortlessly in his portfolio. When I’m looking at a landscape painting, Bill’s style seems perfectly suited to capturing the levels and imperfections of a lakeside field or a stand of trees. The same, however, seems true of his urban landscapes and paintings of buildings and city streets – here Bill seems to understand exactly how to capture the geometric, yet rough edges of worn sidewalks and windows.
The method that Bill uses to lay down his paint may vary, but it often appears as though the artist uses a palette knife – the blocky forms that are prevalent in Bill’s works are similar to those seen in paintings by Jeanie Gebhart, for example.