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Artwork by Billy Zane: Killing With Love

Suddenly painting by Billy Zane
Suddenly by Billy Zane

Actor Billy Zane’s first show of paintings, Killing With Love, will be at Frank Pictures Gallery in Santa Monica, California from June 26 to September 1, 2010. There will be an opening reception for the artist on Sunday, June 27th from 6:30 to 9:30.

Zane is said to have begun painting during his seven months of filming the blockbuster movie Titanic, and that it didn’t take long for his interest in painting go from being a pastime to a passion. He says he sets up a makeshift art studios on almost every location he films.

Zane has been influenced in his art by his practice of the Japanese sword fighting martial art of Kendo. He says:

“In Kendo, or Specifically the Samurai ethic and art of swordsmanship, before it was diluted into a sport after WW2, one should not insult their opponent with a mincing, poorly executed cut. It should be decisive, effective, a clean kill, informed with respect for ones adversary and ones own skill. In painting, it’s this commitment to task that interests me most, the cut, the stroke. The act supersedes the message. Logic and meaning, if any, emerge after the fact, but are inherent, like the sculpture in the stone, and only evident when I have been guided by an almost brash confidence. Painting for me, is more physical than psychological or even emotional. Although, I derive great joy from the act and serve an almost insatiable desire to sling paint.”

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