About The Artist Bill Duryea

DURYEA FINE ART GALLERY AND STUDIO HOURS:
Tuesday – Sunday: 12 – 4 PM

BILL’S MISSION STATEMENT:
To feel and express gratitude for the beauty and grandeur of creation, especially through fine art, and to experience and share my perceptions of these visions of natural wonder.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS from Duryea Fine Art !

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WHAT’S NEW?

THE WALLS! The gallery is now adorned with walls of antique red and Mayan gold. The paintings “pop.”

Bill’s working on another magical tree. Come see!

Along with wonderful giclee prints (digitally scanned and professionally printed) of some of Bill’s favorite works, we are featuring giclee-imaged greeting cards (5×7″) of “The Star Tree” and “Old Time Christmas.”

MESSAGE FROM BILL:

“I think perhaps I was born an artist. I have a memory when I was two or three, daydreaming on the back porch. Gazing into a deep blue summer sky, giant silvery clouds billowed through my field of vision. The warmth of the summer air and the smell of the moist earth beneath my small feet provided a feeling of security. My senses were magnified as though I were wrapped in that blue sky, those glowing clouds and the rich earth, feeling that they and I were one. It was not so much what I saw but the intensity of my perception–perhaps like a blind man who suddenly regained his sight. I recall that moment in my childhood as though it happened this very morning, and a deep peace pervades.

In third grade, a kind teacher allowed me to finish a jungle painting after the others went on to another subject. She helped me recognize that I had something special to offer. I was certain at that moment: “I am an artist!”

AWARDS & EXHIBITS

National Scholastic Magazine’s National Art Award, Honorable Mention, Pen and Ink, 1972.

Somerset Art Association Summer Art Festival, Somerset, New Jersey, Second and Third prize watercolor 1976.

Princeton Art Association, McCarter Theater Juried Art Exhibition, two watercolors, 1978.

Augusta Arts Festival, Augusta, Maine, Best of Show, watercolor, 1989.

Augusta Arts Festival, Augusta, Maine, 2nd prize color photography, 1991.

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, “New Heights: A Regional Juried Art Exhibition,” watercolor, 1994.

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, “Colorado ’96, A Statewide Juried Art Exhibition,” color photography, 1996.

Human Touch Gallery, Manitou Springs, Colorado, “Lust for Light: An Exhibition of Luminous, Open-air Oil Paintings,” one-man show, 24 oil paintings, 1999.

The Cliff House Inn at Pikes Peak, Manitou Springs, Colorado (National Historic Site), one-man show, 15 oil paintings, rotating exhibit, August-December 2000.

Cogswell Gallery/The Squash Blossom, Old Colorado City, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Representation, 2004-2005

Ruby Elizabeth Fine Art Gallery, Taos, New Mexico
Representation 2005-2007

Cherokee’s of Manitou Gallery, Manitou Springs, Colorado
Representation 2005-2007

DURYEA FINE ART, 1003 Manitou Avenue, Manitou Springs, Colorado
Representation April 2007 and beyond…

BILL’S BACKGROUND:

Bill grew up in a Colonial ship captain’s farmhouse in Middlebush, New Jersey. Antiques and the lore of the past became grist for the creative mill. He and the fields and the endless woods became intimate friends.

Bill studied fine art at Pratt Institute in New York. He worked as a textile designer for a large corporation in New Jersey while pursuing his fine art career in his spare time– experimenting with watercolor, mixed media, oil color, pastel, pen and ink, photography and sculpture.

He moved to Colorado Springs in 1979, and worked as a sign and display artist until 1988, when he relocated to Augusta, Maine. There he shifted his talents to landscape photography and realist watercolor, while maintaining his own sign and display company.

Upon returning to Colorado Springs in 1993, Bill became a commercial photographer for a large greeting card company. He also taught landscape photography workshops for a local art academy.

Bill works as a plein air painter and studio artist, painting landscapes, gardens and commissions. He also paints from his extensive collection of Maine and Colorado landscape photography. His work shines with luminosity, vibrant color and rich texture—and recently he’s using an oil glazing process.

Bill has played guitar and turned poetry into song as a hobby since childhood. In November 2003, he and his partner, Nancy Norman, raised the bar to a professional duo, THE STORYS . Two CDs and two tours later, they are living the dream of music.

Bill values his role as father. His heart is devoted to his daughters, Abbey, Annie and Audrey.

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