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Check out William Dolan’s Artwork

Today we’d like to introduce you to William Dolan.

William, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I studied painting and drawing at DePaul University, have exhibited in Chicago and New York and was nominated for a Grammy for album art.

Born in Joliet, Illinois, I moved to Chicago shortly after and have lived here ever since. The city has left its mark on me. My experiences growing up and living in a large metropolis both fuel and inspire me.

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I explore the relationship of society to the urban realm through an interpretation of the built environment. I focus on ignored, outdated and well-worn bits of the city; the infrastructure that is left behind, as people reshape their surroundings to support an increasingly homogeneous existence.

These often-overlooked places are reflective of those that create and use them. Some of it will survive as an indication of what happened around the turn of the 21st. Century. Much of it will disappear. It is this simultaneous ambivalence and reverence that people have toward their habitat that I express through my work.

The American city is ever-changing. As cultures continue to be economically and socially mobile, they are also physically on the move; one group leaves, another takes its place. Possibly, the constantly changing city is the most visible evidence of a society’s evolution.

I hope that my work inspires people to experience and appreciate some of the more overlooked parts of the place where they live. By having a deeper more meaningful connection to their home, they are inspired, enriched and in turn become more productive and enjoy fuller lives.

How can artists connect with other artists?
Just go to art events that interest you and talk to people. You’ll make friends. Also connect with your local art community on social media, note that I said “local.” There are a lot of artists around the world collecting followers.

Instagram seems to be the social media flavor of the month for visual art. It’s nice and stripped down plus there are some opportunities to exhibit there. Those that exhibit and appreciate art hang out there.

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
I’ll hopefully be announcing an affiliation with an art gallery in the next month or so on my site and social. In the meantime, you can check my work out at, at Instagram @williamdolan, Twitter @billdolan and Facebook @williamdolanartist

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Image Credit:
Matt Driscoll
William Dolan

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  1. Debra R.

    June 5, 2018 at 7:19 pm

    William Dolan is a Chicago treasure — one of our finest urban artists. So glad VoyageChicago highlighted this talent. Looking forward to his next exhibition.

  2. ted stanuga

    June 7, 2018 at 7:25 pm

    These works are wonderful while they convey a very distinct quiet and solitude. Especially the snow alley. Thank you Bill, always a pleasure to see your work.

  3. John Dolan

    October 23, 2018 at 6:06 am

    I am truly biased… I know Joe is good but did not see his GREATNESS until reviewing his newer works….. GEEZ, I somehow missed the talent in our family…. Joe’s, Dad, and my brother just passed…. certainly he inherited his father’s extraordinary talent!!!! I saw him capture a scene in Ireland in less than 5 minutes with a ballpoint pen…..

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