Size: 48"W x 36"H x 0.75"D
Year Created: 2014
Ready to Hang
Il Cerchio Rosso, or 'The Red Circle,' was an early example of what would later become a central motif of my work; the layering of seemingly unrelated and arbitrary elements (cartoon, classical art, urban art, etc) around a central emotion.
The name itself was meant to feel as abitrary as it was loaded... A red circle with a single drop may feel implicative of violence to some, while it may simply be reminiscent of spray paint and graffitti art to others. The name also happened to have a connection to the Japanese flag, while being the name of an Italian bossa-nova song by Nicola Conte.
I was originally drawn to the utility of symbolism without significance as a student and young artist still overwhelmed by nihilism and sensitivity. Though it's still core to the design of my art, its role in my art is these days is more subtle, passive, and reserved, as I continue to grow as an artist and individual.
Julius Bautista is a Filipino-American Chicago based visual artist and USMC veteran passionate about science, psychology, and philosophy. 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 mix of creative influences, has shown in galleries nationwide. His portfolio can be found at juliusdcbautista.com.