City Series


Miami Red Dot Art Fair

If you are in Miami my work will be up at the Red Dot Art Fair, please stop by

Billis Red Dot 2015

“Something on the Horizon”

Through the palette an artist travels a path that contributes in the expression their individuality. We explore and reveal original ideas that allow color to represent and express real emotional content.

As melody and harmony work in the ear, so does color and composition works on the eye.

“Something on the Horizon” 17″x 23″

c 89 %22Something on the Horizon%22 17x23 web

“Highland Park”

Just finished they piece titled “Highland Park” . I am integrating two perspectives into one piece. the circular mandala form is the vertical viewpoint and it sweeps down from the mid ground to the fore ground and transitions into a horizontal viewpoint.

“Highland Park” 48″x40″

c 88 %22Highland Park%22 48x40 web

Review in Art Ltd Magazine

A wonderful review in Art Ltd Magazine by DeWitt Cheng.

Bryan Ida Press

“Shelter Island” 39″x65″

Finally finished this one for the show Sept 12th 4-6 pm Sandra Lee Gallery

c 83 %22Shelter Island%22 39x65 web

“China Basin”

I finished this piece just in time for the show.

“China Basin”  48×39

c 81 %22China Basin%22 48x39 web

Solo Show Sandra Lee Gallery

I am very proud to show some new work in my “Littoral” series at Sandra Lee Gallery in San Francisco’s Union Square.

It will feature work using a new technique I developed that involves acrylic and enamel paint layered in approximately 200 layers of thin clear glaze. The builds are amazing and the final finish is like nothing else.


Bryan Ida facebook event

“Pier 70”

I am finishing pieces as my show at Sandra Lee Gallery in San Francisco approaches.

I am bringing in new elements and techniques in the never-ending process of making.

c 78 %22Pier 70%22 34x24 web

“Pier 70” 34 x 24 mixed media on panel 2015

Marina Del Rey

Marina del Rey has gone from a wetlands to high rise.

These smaller pieces are sketches for me where I can experiment freely.

“Marina Del Rey” 20″ x 16″

c 79 %22Marina Del Rey%22 20x16 web

Littoral redefined

L 04 The Shore 41x48 web

“The Shore” 41″x48″


The word littoral is defined as the zone where the land, air, and sea come together. In this zone three disperate worlds interact and form an environment that blends calm, serene moments with chaos and danger.

I am working to expand on the definition of the word “littoral” in a strictly visual way. I want to reach beyond its literal restrictions and define it using a vocabulary consisting of form, composition and color. Included in this broader definition are elements of human interaction and intervention where the human imprint on the region is inescapable. We alter the landscape by building cities and ports next to our seas and waterways forever changing what we see and how we interact with the world around us.

The dynamics and range of expression can be articulated using a language of color and image inspired by memories and experiences. These experiences are the support and ground upon which I begin a painting. The background horizons are the first layers of the paintings. The horizons fill the negative space of the composition and they strengthen the relationship that exists between foreground and the background. They are the blurred distance that is the counterpoint to the hard-edged foreground. The foreground consists of fragments that are based on the fleeting incomplete visions that make up our memories. It is a reduction and refinement of our experience and I try to collect and assemble this assortment of thoughts and impressions and distill them to their essence and lay down these elements in paint.

The contrast of beauty with decay and balance with imbalance is expressed in the tone and hue of the palette as well. Color is mixed on the surface of the painting built up layer by layer as it plays with the ideas of color taking on different relative strengths when placed next to or combined with one another. Complimentary colors can be placed in a way as to reinforce each other and the combination leads to exaggeration or they can serve to diminish their relative power when placed in a certain way. It is this exploration of color, composition and light that entices me and drives me.

I like to build a surface and earn its effect. A hard-won battle with material, color and composition. To me painting is about creating problems, not solving them. Pushing to find the base element within the domain of an ascetic. As I see it everywhere you look is exciting, it’s the process of looking that is the adventure.


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