Croatian-born, Australian-based artist Bili Zilic paints in the style of Pointillism. As such, Zilic’s paintings can take over a year to finish, requiring multiple layers of paint and areas of modulated and distinct color. He usually works on three to four pieces at a time, moving in between layers and ideas on his canvases of varied size. This process results in astounding textural depth, which guides the audience beyond the immediately obvious upon looking at Zilic’s canvases. His paintings provide a journey to the viewer, reflecting in his complexity the complexities of life.
Zilic is fundamentally inspired by the founder of Pointillism, Georges Seurat, and carries on the traditional Pointillist technique as initiated by Seurat. The themes and ideas Zilic paints come from his love for the people around him and the places in which he has lived or has visited; for example, he interpreted the cities of Australia into large, colorful cityscapes on canvases of massive size. Zilic has been painting with oil on canvas for over four decades, translating his multifaceted emotions and perceptions of the world around him into his visual feast of dots and color. Because his practice has remained the same since he began, his mastery of Pointillism is evident in each sprawling composition he creates.