Will DAY
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About Will DAY
Born in New York City, Will Day lives and works in Boulder, Colorado. He has traveled extensively throughout the world and the experiences of his journeys have inspired him as a person and an artist. Primarily self-taught, his interest in painting intensified during his travels throughout North Africa, South America, and Europe. His fine art training has consisted of studies in Paris, France and Dublin, Ireland.

Good art comes from pivotal moments of struggle in life. The ability to channel that pain and transfer it to the canvas is art in motion. For Will Day, art allows him to confront that pain, see the light at the end of the tunnel. This show celebrates the resilience in life. It explores the limits of the human condition. Life is broken, glass fragmented pieces; the light shines through our sharp edges and hard times creating something truly stunning. In brokenness, in pain is light and beauty. Will’s art takes life on with a creative perspective revealing quintessential truths in all of us.

“A reader of Joseph Campbell, Day enters each work as a path through the unknown to a self-overcoming experience. Considering himself a doer, it is the act of painting that drives each work to where it wants to be. Day starts with a lone mark. Then he struggles with and relents to the viscous material accepting and resisting, using color as some sort of otherworldly force that aligns with or bursts out of the emerging configuration is not usually the means by which artists tell a story, but Will Day approaches his canvases and wood panels as an opportunity to bring forth a story in the moment and not as a sequence of events” as described by Stephanie Grili, Writer and Art Historian Abstraction, who recently studied Day’s paintings.

After the trauma of 9/11, Day left a career in finance and studied architecture, which later lead to painting. Day creates textures, layers, and effects layers, discovering relationships and using resulting edges to create structure. Working on multiple paintings at the same time in his Boulder, Colorado studio, he reaches for an emotional power based in grand design that yet defies limits, which he believes he attains through grace.
Education
PRATT Institute, New York City, NY – Masters in Architecture
Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, OH – Bachelor of Arts
Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
Ecole Commerciale de la Chambre de Commerce et D'industrie de Paris, France
Cushing Academy, Ashburnham, MA
Events
2014 5280 Home: The Denver Magazine – Modern Family, September
Greenwich Magazine: The Creative Spirit, March
5280: The Denver Magazine – Culture + Art, May
2013:
Boulder Home Source: Will Day – A Modern Boulder Artist, July
Colorado Homes & Lifestyles Magazine: Modern Love, June
2012:
WILL the DAY Collectors series, March
Ten 25 Interior Design Blog: Darian Thomas and willdayART designs, February
2011 Steamboat Today Open Television: Interview, August
2010:
Builder + Architect Magazine: AbodeZ partnership with willdayART, September
Daily Camera, Boulder, CO: willdayART , March
PR Newswire article: “Will Day Art Leasing Services” March
2009:
Steamboat Today Newspaper: Will Day Solo Exhibition, May
Downtown Boulder Arts Festival: Blue Ribbon Award, July
Exhibitions
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2017 “Exaltation”, The McLoughlin Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2014:
“Awakening the Creative Spirit,” Anam Cara Gallery, Greenwich, CT
“Freedom” Cushing Academy Art Gallery, Ashburnham, MA
“Pathways to Abstraction,” Osmosis Gallery, Niwot, CO
2013 “Ethereal Landscapes” Remsenburg Art Academy, Remsenburg, NY
2012 “City of Angels” Inspired Collection, The Desmond Building: Los Angeles, CA
2011 “The Journey Collection” Make A Wish Foundation/King of Swing Charity, Houston, TX
“Opening Doors” K. Saari Gallery, Steamboat, CO
2010:
“Splendor in the Grass” Osmosis Gallery, Niwot, CO
“Beginnings” K. Saari Gallery, Steamboat, CO
“Cityscapes” Kentwood City Properties Exhibition, Denver, CO
2009:
“Colors and Abstraction” 4580 Restaurant, Boulder, CO
“Creative Results of Economic Downturns,” Boulder, CO

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2017 Art Aspen, Aspen, CA
2017 Macrocosm, Gensler/The McLoughlin Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2016 Abstraction, The McLoughlin Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2015 When White Wrong. The McLoughlin Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2014 OpenArts Fall Tour, Boulder, CO
2013:
“New Horizons” Anam Cara Gallery, Greenwich, CT
“Celebrate Boulder” Faegre Baker Daniels, Boulder, CO
2012 “Geometry Satellite” Steamboat Springs Art Council, Steamboat Springs, CO
2011:
“The Synergy of Movement” Agora Gallery, Soho, NYC
“T-Squares Aside” Osmosis Gallery, Niwot, CO
“Visions of Colorado” The Four Seasons Hotel, Denver, CO with LewisGraham Art Consultants
“Perspectives” Translations Gallery, Denver, CO
2010:
“Poetic Paintings” Hibiscus Island Home for Miami Art Basel, Miami, FL
“Holiday Movement” The Walnut Exhibit Gallery, Boulder, CO
“Splash” St. Julien Hotel, Boulder, CO
2009:
“Art Alive” Page Two Gallery Exhibit, Boulder, CO
“Introductions” Boulder Country Club, Boulder, CO
“Juried Show” Downtown Boulder Arts Festival, Boulder, CO
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