Will Day explores beauty, the rebirth of joy and a reboot of spring with fresh and expansive paintings – Boulder Daily Camera

For over 10 years, Will Day has wowed collectors with his bold, large-scale abstracts rich in movement and mood.

Will Day in his studio in 2022. (Mber Creative/Courtesy Photo)

Her new “Breakout” collection captures the refreshing beauty of the spring season and the power of transformation and new beginnings. For months he toiled away – pacing his paint-splattered studio floor – converting canvases into scenes that delight the eye and also speak of overcoming trials and tribulations.

Will Day takes a break from painting at his studio, located at Black Lab Sports, Boulder in 2022. (Mber Creative/Courtesy Photo)
Will Day takes a break from painting at his studio, located at Black Lab Sports, Boulder in 2022. (Mber Creative/Courtesy Photo)

Mixing vibrant colors and thick textures, Day uses a variety of tools to achieve the desired effect. From long-handled rolling brushes to squeegees, its varied arsenal remains comprehensive.

Sometimes he climbs a ladder to add paint to the top of a tarp – often placing a can of paint directly on the canvas.

It’s Day’s hope that this latest work will encourage viewers to see the familiar in a new light.

In some rooms, viewers will admire what appear to be vases filled with flowers. Abstract bouquets blend the mystery with the common, immersing us in a palpable freshness that reminds us of new possibilities.

From her work on several pieces simultaneously and with fervor, Day’s clothes always take a hit. Acrylics and oils transform his jeans, t-shirts and Converse sneakers into Jackson Pollock-esque works of art – objects worthy of their own spotlight – that one might imagine encased in glass and displayed in galleries.

Will Day backs into the corner after starting a painting in 2022. (Mber Creative/Courtesy Photo)
Will Day backs into the corner after starting a painting in 2022. (Mber Creative/Courtesy Photo)

Before pursuing art full time, Day worked in finance in New York. After his wife Aimee survived the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001, Day felt the call to quit his career and study architecture at the Pratt Institute in New York.

Line, form, structure, balance and scale are frequently found in his paintings.

From showing his work at Art Basel in Miami to appearing in Forbes, Day’s reach and influence have only grown.

We caught up with the Boulder-based designer to find out more about his latest exhibition, what he hopes his work brings to collectors’ homes and lives, and how time spent on another continent has left a lasting impression on the world. universal power of art.

Kalene McCort: I love the latest pieces I’ve seen on social media. I understand that “Breakout” is inspired by themes of reset and renewal. Does the pandemic and possibly the end of confinement have anything to do with the development of this collection?

Will Day: Yes, he did. Each year I explore a different emotion or premise. This time, after the pandemic, I was exploring conceptual ideas around rebirth and freedom. I asked myself questions like “how can we move forward in times of a pandemic? » And « how to help each other to rediscover joy and curiosity?

I want viewers and collectors to look within to change the narrative when they experience the work. To be able to breathe deeply and open their minds to be curious, hopeful and playful again.

Will Day at work in his studio, located at Black Lab Sports in Boulder, in 2022. (Mber Creative/Courtesy Photo)
Will Day at work in his studio, located at Black Lab Sports in Boulder, in 2022. (Mber Creative/Courtesy Photo)

KM: What do you hope your work adds to the interiors of buyers’ homes?

WD: Link. It sounds broad, but I want an owner of one of my paintings to connect with it on some level. Knowing that it would remind them of a certain feeling every time they passed by would be such an honor. And that, to me, is the greatest joy I have in creating…knowing that there’s a connection between something I’ve done and the person who has chosen to hang this piece in their home. I’m always humbled when that happens.

KM: Do you remember a time when, in your early youth, you knew that art would be part of your career path? “Aha” moments?

WD: When I was younger I served in the Peace Corps for a while. It was on location in Africa, engaging with the surrounding communities and seeing the art in that region, where I realized that I could use art to “communicate” in some way. Art is everywhere and unites everyone, and it was during this time that I decided to put my feelings on canvas in hopes of being able to connect with others.

Will Day is working on a painting in 2022 as part of his collection "To burst." (Mber Creative/courtesy photo)
Will Day is working on a painting in 2022 as part of his “Breakout” collection. (Mber Creative/courtesy photo)

KM: What is your creative process? Do these abstracts just evolve as you put paint on the canvas, or do you go with a specific idea?

WD: I generally find inspiration in every life experience using my family, my community, my spirituality and looking within. After refining an idea – like the revival of this new “Breakout” collection – I then use that premise and start “putting paint on canvas” as you would say. I go into it with more feelings than anything, and while there’s definitely an intention, I often don’t know what will happen to the piece until I start. Once I start, it grows organically from there and I just let the process guide me.

KM: What can fans expect from you next? Do you have any future projects or goals that you would like to see come to fruition this year?

WD: Right now I’m only focusing on this new collection until the fall. Then I’m not sure. I will always create and the world will keep changing, so only time will tell what happens. But I know that with everything coming to fruition, I’ll be in my studio doing what I love to do the most.


If you are going to

What: Opening reception for Will Day’s “Breakout”
When: 5-8 p.m., Wednesday
Where: Black Lab Sports, 3350 Frontier Ave, Boulder
Etc.: Drinks and snacks will be served at the opening. Attendees can also expect a conversation about the influence of art on well-being, entrepreneurship and innovation. The exhibition, hosted by Jean Paul O’Brien of Black Lab Sports, will run until August 16; willdayart.com