Bill Affair: Bill Amundson says bye, bye tonight at Plus Gallery

"Landscape with Store (Hard Times)"
"Landscape with Store (Hard Times)"

The sad news is that Bill and his lovely wife, Anita, are flying the coop and moving to his native state, Wisconsin. The shock of this news is still sinking in, I think. But first, Plus Gallery, which represents his work now, will throw a big farewell soiree tonight from 5 to 8 p.m., with a show and sale of Bill's work accompanying the bon voyage bash. "It's singular, signature work that's so well developed," says Ivar Zeile of Plus Gallery of Bill's oeuvre. "He's unmistakeably a rare talent." But Zeile also appreciates Bill from a very personal standpoint: "I remember when I was in the fifth or sixth grade, I used to make these scribbles on my school desk, and they were so obsessive, the way Bill's work is, but I never did anything with it. That's my most significant memory of how I first connected with art, and it makes me wonder about what he was doing at that age. Bill, of course, kept going with it and turned into an amazing talent."

"Self Portrait as an exciting new Development"
"Self Portrait as an exciting new Development"

Personally, Zeile calls it "a huge loss of talent, but it's also that we'll just miss his personality." But he's happy to add that Bill's work will still have a presence in Colorado and at Plus Gallery. "He's leaving, but his artwork will not," Zeile says. "He's achieved a lot here in the last two years, and the real question is, 'Where do you go from there, except build your base?' Right now, I'm trying to find a way to break him out on a more national level."

For a taste of what makes Bill Amundson so unique, Zeile shared some video with us of Bill speaking at Tuesday's DAM Contemporaries annual AFKEY awards, of which Bill was a recipient.

So, Bill, from us to you: Huzzah, farewell and good luck! On to new adventures! And, yes: On, Wisconsin!

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