I believe the role of the artist is to share; to translate his experiences of the world around him into the universal language of visual interpretation.
We all have a story to tell, so my portraits focus and zoom in on that internal, psychological narrative, inspired by my love for music, literature and film. The canvas, as a two dimensional surface, is a story contained within a single moment. A snapshot by which the viewer can explore at his or her own leisure.
The central motif of my work is duality. It demonstrates a tension between what we think and what we feel. I seek to create harmony between intensely dark emotions and colorful sensations. It's about making light of the dark, and vice versa.
Emotions are rich, and intangible. To understand, rather than feel, an emotion is essentially just troubleshooting; searching for an answer within an infinitude of possibilities. So, naturally, there is something cathartic about stepping back to process emotions. To formulate a dry, logical analysis of extreme, intense, almost caustic emotion--Like that experienced in a moment of crisis or revelation--That's exciting to me.
Julius DC Bautista is a Chicago based Filipino-American and USMC veteran interested in psychology, philosophy, cultural history, and film. My childhood was both busy, but lonesome. It nurtured my imagination, while honing my passion for study and creation. It pushed me to become tenacious in the pursuit of answers to questions pertaining to our existence, our identity, and our mortality. I'll never be ashamed of the tragedy I've faced throughout the years, because we all know tragedy to varying degrees. The means by which we respond to tragedy, the emotions we instinctively hide... These reactions are intrinsic to our nature, regardless of how society collectively coerces them into privacy. My life is dedicated to my craft. I believe that one must return to world as much as one takes... And what I take copiously from the world around me is knowledge and wisdom, in a vain attempt to satiate an unquenchable thirst for life. To pass along the knowledge of those around us, the stories of those before us... That is the foundation of my passion for art.