Scottish born Billy Connolly started his first career as a welder in Glasgow during the 60's and as many are aware, his trade gradually changed in order to peruse his passion and love of folk singing. It wasn't until the early years of the 1970's that saw the artist's most recognisable occupation as a comedian and it was only a matter of time before his larger than life character would become a ... read more
Scottish born Billy Connolly started his first career as a welder in Glasgow during the 60\'s and as many are aware, his trade gradually changed in order to peruse his passion and love of folk singing.
It wasn\'t until the early years of the 1970\'s that saw the artist\'s most recognisable occupation as a comedian and it was only a matter of time before his larger than life character would become a global phenomenon and the nations best loved comic. As the progression of the 90\'s occurred so did Connolly\'s need for exercising his creative demons, this saw the marking of an actor emerge and since then he has featured in several high profile movies.
In 2007 whilst in Montreal, Connolly visited an art shop in which sudden urges to create and be part of that world took hold, this led to numerous sketches of desert islands and the progression and development of each drawing gave the artist that rush he needed to pursue his line of enquiry.
The artist himself can\'t quite pin point what it is that makes his art so successful, but rather focuses on the processes involved and how the need to create is something that has always been embedded within him and his art is no different. There is no comparison with his acting, comedy, music to his art, he feels that his previous roles have been to entertain people, to make them laugh, for them to judge his performance, his art however is personal, it\'s his own creative figments of imagination, and nobody can touch these they are his own.
The processes involved are simply to create, to move his hand across the canvas or paper and to simply sketch according to his hand movements, there is no intent or purpose about what or how the final piece will turn out like and this is what makes the artist most successful. As the movement progress into something very apparent, it is this notion of allowing the destined piece to become what ever it was meant to become and this is where apparent shapes such as a dog or a person are formed, although still possessing that dream like quality and brilliance to his works. show less