William Ishmael

“With Age comes Wisdom” (working title)
Original Medium: rusted steel plates
Website:  www.iamishmael.com
Location of box art: 16th & Capitol Ave

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William Ishmael has been a painter for the last 25 years, beginning with watercolor landscapes and progressing to large abstracts utilizing latex paint, sand, organic materials, and the natural elements of the weather to achieve the weathered, multilayered effects on many of his canvases.  His primary focus has been on commissioned work and he has an outstanding list of clients and is widely praised for the way in which his paintings enhance his client’s homes and offices.

William’s accomplishments include being named Sacramento Art and Business Council’s “Artist of the Year” for 2011 and, in 2014,  having his 9 foot by 12 foot work “Wholeness and Fragmentation” accepted by SMAC for permanent installation in the Sacramento County Administration Building.

Artist Statement

My art is typically abstract and spontaneous, occasionally bright and colorful and often reflecting effects of oxidation and corrosion.   The intention is to develop a multi-layered, rich texture reflected even in an image of the work, which hopefully induces the viewer to ponder.  To achieve this effect I often paint in the outdoors, or simulate the outdoors, to reflect the conditions of the time the painting was being done — whether that is wind, rain, fog, or searing summer heat.  They are done incorporating latex paint, American River sand, iron filings, acid, clay, water, and/or rust.