Duality is the central motif to my work. Nothing in the universe exists without opposition. Differences should be welcomed, rather than rejected; everything is defined by what it is not. As technology shapes culture, we develop newfound appreciation for the analogue. Because I utilize the digital to design my paintings conceptually, I challenge myself to work with traditional medium. It’s important to keep the organic alive. Coming from a background in science and engineering, I think of each painting as an apparatus. The goal is to create a sensory experience for the audience, so accessibility is crucial. As an apparatus, the painting fails to function if it isn’t user-friendly. At the same time, the apparatus must be complex enough to maintain an appeal behind its purpose. Relying on tried-and-true theories of aesthetic and design, each painting aims to guide the viewer’s eye through a roller coaster of visual and mental stimulation. They’re designed to draw you in from a distance, and to reward you for stepping in to explore the fine details. It’s important that I invest great effort in polishing each work with nuance. I paint for the audience, not for myself. I feel most accomplished when a painting is capable of developing a lasting bond with the viewer; when harmony is born from the duality of two minds.
Julius Bautista is a Chicago based visual artist and USMC veteran passionate about communication and education. His paintings aim to connect people through the sharing of stories and ideas. 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 blend of creative influences, has shown in galleries nationwide.