Twins – oil on canvas – Paul Illian

Burien Arts Pop-Up Art Gallery
Now through 6/29/2018

The Burien Arts Association is pleased to feature the paintings of Paul Illian in the June 2018 exhibit at the Pop-up Art Gallery at the Burien Community Center, 14700 6th Avenue SW, Burien, WA.

Paul grew up in Florida and showed early talent as an artist. His work was accepted for national touring shows while he was in middle school. On high school graduation, he served in the Marine Corps for four years, then got a BSE in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Central Florida.

Moving to Seattle, he worked as a Systems Analyst at Boeing, Lead Engineer at Nova Marine Exploration, and Sports Engineer at Seattle University.

Returning to his first love, art, Paul now paints full time.

“I feel that the artist is a tour guide,” he said.  “Using color and composition, the artist will draw the viewer into a scene, creating a mood and promoting a desire to further explore the image.  After leading a quick tour, the artist then steps away from the viewer and allows them to explore on their own, at their own pace.  A painting should elicit more than a passing “Oh that’s nice.”  A painting should be like a day trip to a favorite spot that always invites you to stay and explore….”

“I let the media choose my subjects.  With painting, I will choose landscapes.  With pen and ink, I will do wildlife portraits.  For some reason, pencil makes me want to draw the human figure.”

“With my paintings, I am heavily influenced by the Barbizon and Hudson River styles.  As individual artists go, I like Rembrandt van Rijn, Claude Monet, Vincent van Gough, Maxfield Parish, Richard Schmid and my hometown hero, Bob Ross.”

Paul lives in north SeaTac, WA.

All of Paul’s works on display at the Community Center are for sale. Paul will also have greeting cards for sale on opening night. We accept credit cards.

Please e-mail for information on purchasing, or see us on opening night at the Burien Community Center.