Mr. Charles Billich of Australia has been selected as December’s featured Sport Artist of the month. With a splintered and tumultuous past, Billich sought to channel his emotions on to canvas resulting in complex fascinating and sometimes provocative subject matter. His clear sense of modern style is easily recognizable to all who view his work. During the many twists in his life’s journey, Billich developed his craft and clarified his unique aesthetic view.
For his skilled celebration of the interrelation of art and athletics, he was selected as the 2000 Sport Artist of the Year by the Academy. In 2004, Billich’s paintings went on display at the United Nations, New York, NY and he again won the honor of the Academy Sport Artist of the Year in 2014.
Born in Yugoslavia, educated in Austria, working worldwide from China to the U.S.A., Charles Billich is a prolific artist and enthusiastic world citizen based in Sydney, Australia. He is currently one of the most prominent living Australian painters. In a career spanning some forty years, he has exhibited at some of the world’s most prestigious venues and has been an honored guest and resident artist on many occasions. The Vatican Museum, Australian Embassy, The Royal Collection of Thailand and numerous university, government, corporate and private collections house Billich’s eclectic work.
“There is a touch of irony in what I paint as there is in all contemporary surreal art, my lingua franca for articulating the vast gamma of emotions and impulses inherent to mystic creations,” says Charles Billich.
Founded in 1984, the American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) is dedicated to the preservation of sports art, history, and literature. The ASAMA collection is composed of nearly 2,000 works of sport art across a variety of media, including paintings, sculptures, assemblages, prints and photographs. The museum is open free to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. For more information visit http://asama.org/.
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