The Big One
One of our most popular local artists is Denis Folz. The range of colors, medium and materials has established Denis as an artist who captivates many. He expresses himself through unique creations of painting, sculpture and furniture. The energy in his works makes him a gallery and client favorite.
“My inspiration comes from my surroundings, a rock on the side of the road, dead trees in swamp, a person begging for food. I'm never without a sketchbook to hand so I am constantly drawing and sometimes the drawings are left in the sketchbook and other times they develop into more in-depth ideas and detailed images.
I didn't set out to be an artist with a style, one that can be judged by a repeated look. I want to explore everything. My moods create my art. You won’t hear deep profound words come from me about my art. It is as you see it.
My paintings tends to focus on the environment, the evolution of man and his material wealth, the struggles people are confronted with each day. My Sculptures are more about the space then take from their surroundings.
None of it was intentional - it all developed and evolved over time. People always ask for my artist statement so I needed to do one but I've never liked to explain a certain piece of work - if you've made a picture and that's how you wanted it to be - hopefully it can speak for itself and whatever it says to the viewer - it's the right message because there isn't a wrong and a right message. Each person takes something a little different from the same piece and I'm happy with that.
My influences are first and foremost everything I see, feel and experience, but I've always loved painted works by Van Gogh, Andrew Wyeth, Max Ernst and Anselm Kiefer. I love sculpture’s by Bruce Besley, Justin Perlman, Alexander Liberman and Albert Paley.”