Pete Tillack's work is heavily influenced from his emotions and experiences from traveling the world and is infused with the feelings of serenity through ones environment. Tillack's technical analysis of contrast and his regular use of monotone colors, are what is used to dramatize the silhouettes and reflections shaped by a sunrise or sunset. This gives his wonderful creations a depth that draw the viewer into each piece, and lures them into an experience, transcending them to a peaceful disposition - "their personal journey." Tillack's subject matter focuses on the journey of our lives, and the environment that constantly affects our daily decisions and directions as our choices and judgements are swayed by our surroundings and our experiences.
Beyond the Brush - Artist Statement:
There are a lot of great artists out there, but it is the unique style of life that the Australian born Tillack has led prior to his art career that has influenced his narratives on society, and help separate him from the herd.
After finishing an electrical apprenticeship and business school on his way to building a small company, at the age of 23, Tillack left his home in Australia to endeavor on, what was meant to be, a short European Surf trip. A couple of months turned into ten or so years (the time frame became blurry), and ended with a life being built in California. Filling multiple passports served as an index to the many experiences that helped change his life as he freely roamed the planet. From the giant waves of Hawaii, to the longest waves in Peru, the mountains and glaciers of Alaska to the volcanoes of Reunion Island, and from the ancient hidden city of Machu Picchu to the center of the modern world - Times Square. It seemed the chosen career as a sparky, fell further from the plans, as he started to reprogram himself with the many cultures and experiences encountered along the journey. The destination was finally changed after unexpectedly being introduced into the life of creation, which proved to be the key to the challenges that drive his passion for connection and a voice. Being a self-taught artist allowed him to draw his own lines from the multiple sources and aspects, but it was the internal questions and relationship to society that gives the life to his work that people associate with. Art - like music, is a language that connects us.
“As youth falls into the past, and the present becomes the form carved by my many unique experiences, my work casts stronger meanings, as I look deeper into the connections with our society. I feel lucky that along the journey, I found my talent, and it has allowed me to be able to transpose a blank canvas into a story that captures a viewer”
"An ordinary man sees everything as a blessing or a curse. A warrior sees everything as a challenge "