Signed Bill Papas Oregon Oil Painting Horse & Mysterious Rider
Bill Papas (NY/Oregon 1927-2000), oil on canvas, horse with rider, 30" x 22", frame measures 35" X 28".
Papas moved to Oregon in 1984, continuing to paint and illustrate. In Oregon, he also ran his own art gallery and drew an evocative series of pen-and-ink and watercolor pictures of American cities, later published as Papas' America and Papas' Portland among others. He died in 2000 after a flying accident.
I regard myself as an artist/reporter, a recorder of people, places, and events. In 1947 I found myself sketching on the street corners of Cape Town and of war-ravished Europe. In 2000 I find myself doing the same thing in different parts of the world. It is a compulsion to record a passing moment. A sketchbook commands respect, a degree of awe and instant communication in a way a camera cannot. It is a passport to people. In Portland, sullen street kids talk to me. In Egypt, I had to employ someone to restrain the crowds that gathered to watch. In Guadaloupe a belligerent man threatened to smash my wife’s camera but ran to fetch his child once I produced the sketchbook. In Italy, construction workers abandoned their job site to pose for me. In Jerusalem, however, it took a week for me to be accepted by the wary inhabitants. Finally a child explained to another, “He’s not Israeli/Palestinian/Greek, he’s an artist, silly!”
I am influenced by Daumier and Toulouse Lautrec. The drawing and the actual line are important for me. I obtain immense satisfaction in realizing a situation or movement with a simple pen stroke. I hope to be remembered as a chronicler, that viewers will look at a painting or sketch or cartoon of mine and will say, “Yes, that is right. That is how it was/is!”