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Homage to Dali

by Charles Billich

Commemorative Limited Edition
Art Evolution is presenting the Dali Universe "Salvador Dali Sculpture Exhibition" which will tour Australia and New Zealand. The exhibition also features paintings by surrealist artist Charles Billich. "Homage to Dali" is a Billich masterpiece which instantly sold for several hundred thousand dollars. This Commemorative artwork is now available for a limited time only (framed size 33" x 33"). The regular retail price is $1895 - Exhibition price $895 CDN. "plus shipping and applicable taxes."

Size * 84cm" x 84cm"
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About Charles Billich

Billich's sense of time, place, history and occasion has conditioned much of his work. His opus may be variegated and eclectic, at times playful to the point of mundanity, but he never lets you forget his perceived role as chronicler of the times, that his life is dedicated to visually document contemporary and personal experiences. He focuses on tragic events, some biographic, celebrations he attended or historic personalities. His fascination with distant pasts and myths transcends the mere recent. He has researched and speculated on history, particularly the Chinese, and has animated archaeological finds to give us hyperbolic glimpses of life as it could have been thousands of years ago. At times Billich is useful in the building of ethnic consciousness, as in the iconizing of the Xian terracotta soldiers.

Charles Billich was born in Lovran, in what was Italy, now Croatia, September 6th 1934. So coveted was Billich's native environment that in his own lifetime it was conquered by Italy (1918-1943), Germany (1943-1945), Yugoslavia (1945-1991) and finally Croatia (1991-). These events led to his ethno- disfunctionality and irrepressible allergies towards the antiquated concept of nationality, which often deteriorates into excesses of racist chauvinism, religious supremacy and class intolerance.

On a sunnier note he grew up speaking 4 languages, leading later to a further half dozen, contributing to his "international" profile. As a stateless person Charles Billich migrated to Australia on the Italian ship Toscana on her last voyage before scrapping. He was asked to join the two Australians teaching English on board and that was his first Australian job. Upon disembarkation he worked for the Employment Service at Bonegilla migrant camp, dispatching immigrants and political refugees from all over sovietized Eastern Europe to work all over the Australian continent. Three months later he went to Melbourne to study art at RMIT and the National Gallery Art School, working as a taxi driver, a sign writer, graphic designer and advertising art director before embarking on a risky career in fine art. He needn't have worried,

The Australian public rewarded him with immediate interest in all states. Billich came to an Australia which was awakening and being drawn closer to European artistic traditions. He remains in touch with his people, dismissing liberal snobbery, a stereotype culture and mainstream hoodwinking, favouring a "back to the future" avant-guardistic orthodoxy.

Billich has proposed Expressivism as a movement intended as an evasion from the spiritual and academic indigence of the insipid and unfocussed contemporary art scene. Expression, passion, movement, meaning, poignancy, piquantry and above all beauty constitute his manifesto.

"I believe in the resurgence of the artist's legitimate and respectable function in society and his responsibility to common sense and visual equilibrium. I foster the restitution of status and professionalism to practising artists, as distinct from the ones in education. I would like to alleviate the tragedy of repetition, imitation, indoctrination, excess and provocation. After all these years I still believe in utopia and serious quests for the unreachable."

Through Expressivism Billich aims to stir emotive passion, point to the realities of past and present injustices and callous indifference to blunders and disinformation. Also to jog the viewer's genetic sixth sense of aesthetics and make him participate in the pathos - and joys - of life.

Billich also regards religious painting as spiritually uplifting and the most sublime professional opportunity to bring one closer to his faith. Expressivism is his visual lingua franca through which he articulates the vast gamma of emotions inherent to mystical creations. The Passion of Christ, 14 stations of the Cross, he painted for the Church of St Leopold Mandich in Melbourne, is the ultimate example of his talent for capturing extreme and diverse bodily and facial expression. In adversity, suffering and love. He introduced visceral conviction to situations other artists preferred to treat symbolically, such as the carrying of the enormously heavy cross, the trauma of falling under it, the crippling ascent and brutality of the Calvary.



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We received our Toller Cranston " A walk in the Garden " yesterday. Thank you, it's beautiful! Very well wrapped and good condition. It arrived safe & sound. I absolutely love it!!! It will be cherished, enjoyed and appreciated- Thanks for helping me source, find & choose it!

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"10 Stars"

With the greatest pleasure I have received the life size bronze statue of Hiawatha. It arrived in perfect condition, packaging was impeccable, delivery as scheduled. The work of art itself is truly sublime. I am absolutely delighted to own it, and to enjoy it every day. If you handed out customer satisfaction surveys, I would immediately grant you ten stars and the highest possible recommendation. Thank you for your kind attention, and for delivering such lasting beauty to my doorstep.

Sincerely yours,
Kevin Fountain.


"Handled professionally and efficiently"

I have nothing but great things to say about my experience with Christopher and his team at Art Evolution. Beginning with my initial phone call with Christopher, when we spoke for close to an hour as he shared memories of his working relationship with Toller Cranston whose art I had called about. Once I decided to purchase a painting, the transaction was handled professionally and efficiently, and I received my painting (crated so well as to make the painting indestructible) very soon after. I will happily conduct business with Art Evolution again in the future.



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I have never actually been to the Art Evolution Gallery, but I have bought several large Toller Cranston paintings using the Artevolution website and then phoning Christopher to get his opinion of my choices. The paintings have always arrived in very substantial plywood and 2 x 4 crates wrapped in masses of bubble wrap in perfect condition. The whole process of learning the back-story of the paintings and the eccentric Mr. Cranston from Christopher has been a lot of fun for me and I would absolutely recommend Art Evolution. An original painting gives a new life to your space. We get to experience the artist’s imagination every day.

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"Christopher, thank you for your fast and efficient service"

I have been looking for the sculpture Surrealist Piano by Dali for a period of time. I am impressed that you managed to get the sculpture to me in Sweden with a very short delivery time during the weeks just before Christmas when most deliveries in Europe are delayed. Our competitive price landed in Sweden was also appreciated.

Thomas Egelstig,
Private art collector


"Thank you Art Evolution"

I received the painting in time for my wife's birthday and it looks fabulous. I was initially concerned about the packing and shipping but all was done exceptionally well, we will be back for more artworks for our new home.



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His care and follow through, are why we are so happy with the purchases we have made, almost as much as the art itself.



"We benefited considerably from Brenda of Cashmere Design’s experience working with Christopher Talbot of Art Evolution."

With their input, we have been able to enhance our homes in a fashion that we would never have imagined. Equally important from our perspective, however, was their courteous, instructive introduction to the role and the value that unique art can bring to our lives and our homes. We would highly recommend including this perspective in planning any future building projects.

Susan Flatters


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