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Billy Criswell

Billy Criswell


Billy Criswell is a sculptor based in Portland, Oregon. Using organic and manufactured materials, such as wood and metal, his work employs a synergistic balance between natural and urban elements. His current series incorporates familiar geometric forms taken out of their normal context to create new energy and shapes that explore light, color, perspective and space.

Painted in monochromatic colors, these dynamic forms evoke juxtaposed elements of implosion and explosion, thereby challenging the viewer's perception.
His work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions in museums and galleries throughout the United States. In addition, he is displayed in many public and corporate collections. He was the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Grant in 2010, and a United States Artists Foundation Grant in 2011.

Criswell's work is displayed in many public and corporate collections, including the Chicago Arts Council in Chicago; Pfizer Corporate Headquarters in New York, NY; the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Tokyo, Japan; and Disney Studios in Los Angeles, CA.

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Portland, Oregon based sculptor Billy Criswell creates sculptures that incorporate geometric abstraction and explore light, color, perspective, and space. Using organic and manufactured materials such as wood and metal, his work employs a synergistic balance between natural and urban elements. His current series incorporates familiar geometric forms taken out of their normal context to create new energy and shapes. Painted in monochromatic colors, these dynamic forms evoke juxtaposed elements of implosion and explosion, thereby challenging the viewer's perception.

Criswell’s modern sculptures evoke a harmonious balance between natural and urban elements. Visual elements of celestial bodies, aerodynamics, architecture, and nature challenge viewers to develop their own perceptions of the work. 

Criswell’s works have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in museums and galleries throughout the United States, including the Nahcotta Gallery in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and the Pierce-Dunham Gallery in Houston, Texas. Criswell was the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Grant in 2010, and a United States Artists Foundation Grant in 2011.

In addition, his work is displayed in many public and corporate collections, including the Chicago Arts Council in Chicago; Pfizer Corporate Headquarters in New York, NY; the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Tokyo, Japan; and Disney Studios in Los Angeles, CA.

Portland, Oregon based sculptor Billy Criswell creates sculptures that incorporate geometric abstraction and explore light, color, perspective, and space. Using organic and manufactured materials such as wood and metal, his work employs a synergistic balance between natural and urban elements. His current series incorporates familiar geometric forms taken out of their normal context to create new energy and shapes. Painted in monochromatic colors, these dynamic forms evoke juxtaposed elements of implosion and explosion, thereby challenging the viewer's perception.

Criswell’s modern sculptures evoke a harmonious balance between natural and urban elements. Visual elements of celestial bodies, aerodynamics, architecture, and nature challenge viewers to develop their own perceptions of the work. 

Criswell’s works have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in museums and galleries throughout the United States, including the Nahcotta Gallery in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and the Pierce-Dunham Gallery in Houston, Texas. Criswell was the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Grant in 2010, and a United States Artists Foundation Grant in 2011.

In addition, his work is displayed in many public and corporate collections, including the Chicago Arts Council in Chicago; Pfizer Corporate Headquarters in New York, NY; the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Tokyo, Japan; and Disney Studios in Los Angeles, CA.

EXHIBITIONS
2014-23 Artspace Warehouse, Los Angeles, CA
2014 International Print Center, New York, NY
2013 Nahcotta Gallery, Portsmouth NH
2013 Fresh Paint Gallery, Culver City CA
2012 Enormous Tiny Art Gallery, Silverlake, CA
2010 International Print Center, New York, NY
2010 Enormous Tiny Art Gallery, Silverlake, CA
2009 International Print Center, New York, NY
2008 Regent Gallery, Los Angeles CA
2007 Regent Gallery, Los Angeles CA
2007 Youngman Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2004 Woodlands Gallery, Houston, TX
2003 DCA Gallery, Venice, CA
2003 Transport Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2001 Soapbox Gallery, Venice, CA
1999 6235 Wilshire Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1999 Menet Gallery, Ojai, CA
1998 6235 Wilshire Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1997 ArtPic Gallery, Hollywood, CA

EDUCATION
2007-2010 Guest Art Consultant, Pasadena Art Center
1996-2000 School of Design, Art & Architecture, CA
1980-1984 University of Maryland, Bachelor of Fine Arts

AWARDS & GRANTS
2011 United States Artist Project Grant, Los Angeles, CA
2010 Grant Recipient, Pollock-Krasner Foundation, NY, NY

COLLECTIONS
Aladdin Hotel, Las Vegas, NV
Amber Bay Hotel & Resort, Amber Bay, China
Bath Club, Miami, FL
Bikini Club, Las Vegas, NV
Blue Moon Hotel, Miami, FL
Borgata Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, NJ
Chicago Art Source, Chicago, IL
Club Risque, Las Vegas, NV
Crate & Barrel Store & Catalog
Diplomat Hotel, Hollywood, FL
Disney Contemporary Resort, Lake Buena Vista, FL
Disney Studios, Burbank, CA
Four Seasons Hotel, Houston, TX
Four Seasons Hotel, Scottsdale, AZ
Golden Moon Hotel, Philadelphia, MS
Grand Hyatt Hotel, Tokyo, Japan
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Tampa, FL
Hotel Casino Aztar, Evansville, Indiana
Hotel Monaco, Denver, CO
Hotel Oceana, Santa Monica, CA
Houston Intercontinental Hotel, Houston, TX
J. Crew, Malibu, CA
Much-Shelist Law Offices, Chicago, IL
Pacific Palms Hotel, Azusa, CA
Paris Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NV
Peabody Hotel, Orlando, Florida
Pfizer Corporation, New York, NY
Pottery Barn Store & Catalog
Terry Eaton, Chicago, IL
Voodoo Lounge, LA Vegas, NV
W Hotel, New Orleans, LA
Wells Fargo, Star City, Australia
Williams-Sonoma Store & Catalog
Wryan & Assoc. Design & Architecture, Santa Barbara, CA

COMMISSIONED WORKS
Pacific Palisades Hotel, Vancouver, Canada
Greenlight Designs, Beverly Hills, CA
Kovacs & Associates, Toluca Lake, CA
Chelsea Films, Hollywood, CA

PUBLICATIONS
Fabrik Magazine, April 2010 Issue, LA CA
New American Paintings 2003, The Open Studio Press
New American Paintings 2001, The Open Studio Press
New Times Magazine, Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles Magazine, Los Angeles, CA

TV & FILM
You People, Netflix 
Hacks, HBO
Sunnyside, NBC