Local artist, William Dallimore, won the people’s choice award at the 2014 Kamloops Art Exposed open exhibition, with his 3D piece, Radiance.
Radiance, a black and white depiction of a woman in a corset, exhibits Dallimore’s skill with an airbrush along with his ability to incorporate 3D elements to his art by literally poking holes through the canvas and lacing silk ribbon through it.
Dallimore has been creating art since he was two years old with finger paintings on his parents’ walls. To date, he predominantly uses airbrushed acrylic, but Dallimore has no limits on what he chooses to use as a canvas or the subject of his pieces.
“To be honest I’ll paint on any surface. I could paint bikes, I could paint walls, cars, helmets, canvas, anything. I just want to put paint on anything,” explains Dallimore.
Since moving to Canada from the United Kingdom three years ago, Dallimore has been trying to get his art noticed locally. His business, WiRD Art, has been thriving since its official opening in January 2014, to which he credits much of his networking success to his partner, mental performance specialist Isabelle Hamptonstone.
“Without her help I’d still be just painting for pleasure and not showing anybody,” he says. “She’s been a great help in actually getting my art out there and giving me the confidence boost to turn it into a business.”
Dallimore’s art can be seen at the Sagebrush Theatre in Kamloops until April 2014 and he’s currently working on some display panels for Kamloops Harley Davidson in order to offer personalized helmets and bikes.
Looking ahead, Dallimore has big ambitions to have his artwork displayed worldwide.
“I’d like to paint portraits for the British royal family and it’d be pretty cool if I could paint some famous people over here as well, possibly the premier, possibly the prime minister. I just want to keep painting and become more recognized globally and gain more attention,” says Dallimore.
Keep your eyes open for his artwork at local charity functions as Dallimore has been known to donate pieces for local causes.