Billy Connolly is known as a Scottish comedian, musician, presenter and actor. In 2012, his artistic expression took a new path, in the form of fine art.
History and Background
In the 1960s, Billy worked as a welder in the Glasgow shipyards before giving it up to pursue a career as a folk singer in the Humblebums and then as a soloist.
In the early 1970s he made the transition from a folk-singer with a comedic persona to a full-fledged comedian. He also appeared in high profile films, including Indecent Proposal (1993) and Mrs. Brown (1997), for which he was nominated for a BAFTA. He has also acted in The Last Samurai (2003) and Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004).
In 2012, Billy's artistic expression took a new path, in the form of fine art.
Ideas and Inspirations
The process used is similar to that of the Surrealist Automatism movement, whereby the artist allows the hand to move randomly across the paper or canvas, without an intent to create anything specifically.
Billy's art can also be likened to that of the cave paintings that originated in Aurignacian culture, possessing a charming simplicity yet an extraordinary self-awareness and humanity. His characters are faceless and anonymous, seemingly devoid of emotion and expression. Despite this, the emotional connection with their audience is undeniable.
It is perhaps the simplicity of these characters that allows the viewer to connect with them so deeply. There is nothing contrived or intended about this work; it is creativity in its purest form. Each drawing has taken its own path and begins to come alive as the viewer creates their own unique narrative.