The artist's responsibility is to illuminate and inspire, by sharing experiences through the universal language of visual art.
Duality is the central motif to my work. Nothing in the universe exists without opposition. Differences should be welcomed, rather than rejected; everything is defined by what it is not. As technology shapes culture, we develop newfound appreciation for the analogue. Because I utilize the digital to design my paintings conceptually, I challenge myself to work with traditional medium. It's important to keep the organic alive.
Coming from a background in science and engineering, I think of each painting as an apparatus. The goal is to create a sensory experience for the audience, so accessibility is crucial. As an apparatus, the painting fails to function if it isn't user-friendly. At the same time, the apparatus must be complex enough to maintain an appeal behind its purpose.
Relying on tried-and-true theories of aesthetic and design, each painting aims to guide the viewer's eye through a roller coaster of visual and mental stimulation. They're designed to draw you in from a distance, and to reward you for stepping in to explore the fine details. It's important that I invest great effort in polishing each work with nuance. I paint for the audience, not for myself. I feel most accomplished when a painting is capable of developing a lasting bond with the viewer; when harmony is born from the duality of two minds.
Julius Bautista is a Chicago based visual artist and USMC veteran passionate about communication and education. His paintings aim to connect people through the sharing of stories and ideas. Since pursuing a BFA at the University of Illinois at Chicago, he has worked in various artist collectives with the goal of increasing accessibility to the arts. His work, a contemporary blend of creative influences, has shown in galleries nationwide. His portfolio can be found at juliusdcbautista.com.