In this body of work, Tom Bills explores mass, shape, line, and color in a series of complex, elegant wall works. These concerns have been driving forces in his work over the past four decades.In this work, pigmented cast resin and steel plate replace Bills’ signature cast lead and concrete works. As with all of his work over time, Bills hopes that the viewer will have a personal experience with the work and will come to their own conclusion as to its meaning.
In describing this work, which departs from his customary symmetry, Bills says, “In an attempt to separate my work even further from any specific meaning, this body of work is more organic, more removed from an architectural foundation or a literal meaning. The pieces want to be independent…without explanation or justification – freed from responsibilities. A successful artwork sits alone…as itself, nothing more.”Bills received an MFA from Yale University and spent twenty-eight years in New York City before moving to California to join the UC Davis art faculty. His works have been exhibited nationally and abroad and are included in many public collections throughout the world. He is the recipient of numerous grants and awards including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Bills lives and works in Woodland, California and Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.