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Bill Czappa

Bill Czappa Fine Art

Burbank, CA

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I was born on July 22, 1947 in Los Angeles, California. Around 1950 my family moved to the coastal community of Culver City near Venice Beach. Some of my earliest aesthetic influences were the old Venice canals, then inundated with oil derricks. I found the canals and the old bridges crossing them interesting and mysterious.

My father was another early influence on my work; he was a metal and wood worker, and I learned building skills from him. He was very resourceful and inventive, whipping together small buildings and additions on our property.

In 1962 I saw an exhibition of work by installation and assemblage artist Edward Kienholz. It inspired me to make my own sculpture from found objects. During this time I also became interested in surfing and I began building skateboards and surfboards, honing my design and modeling skills by shaping and working with fiberglass.

When I turned 19 I built a cabin cruiser and lived aboard it in Marina Del Ray for the next 6 years while studying art at Santa Monica College. I graduated in 1972 with a degree in fine art. My current studio is in Burbank, California. Not far from the studio is my own personal gallery that has been at the same location for over 27 years, making it the oldest art gallery in Burbank.

My work is made from found objects of all kinds, from spaghetti sauce to concrete, and often includes sculpted wood. I seldom make a series; each sculpture is different from the next, although you may find some connecting links in style, content, or humor. I am also a writer and have incorporated text into some of my work. As with my art, there is a lot of humor and social commentary in my writing.

My goal in art is to make people feel better for having seen it.

 

Kostabi 3D by Bill Czappa

 

Antipasta #150 by Bill Czappa

 

Spring Chicken #139 by Bill Czappa

 

The Carpenter #16 by Bill Czappa

 

Shooting Star #137 by Bill Czappa

 

Starry Starry Night 2 #133 by Bill Czappa

 

Starry Starry Night close up by Bill Czappa

 

The Hammer Family #130 by Bill Czappa

 

Hammer Family close up by Bill Czappa

 

Choking the Chicken #138 by Bill Czappa

 

The Cereal Killler #136 by Bill Czappa

 

Rickeeeee #145 by Bill Czappa

 

H.C Westermann Run Over By a Death Ship #72 by Bill Czappa

 

Stone Hinge .....stonehenge #118 by Bill Czappa

 

Nailed it. #154 by Bill Czappa

 

Convoluted Evolution #123 by Bill Czappa

 

Metalphor #120 by Bill Czappa

 

Monument to the End of Time #121 by Bill Czappa

 

Monument to the end of time inside. by Bill Czappa

 

Deep In Space #119 by Bill Czappa

 

Media Feeding Frenzy #122 by Bill Czappa

 

The American Health Care System #123 by Bill Czappa

 

Duck Tape #125 by Bill Czappa

 

Restraint #112 by Bill Czappa

 

Waxing Poetic #141 by Bill Czappa

 

The Toaster #75 by Bill Czappa

 

Reciprocity #140 by Bill Czappa

 

The Hatchet Job #153 by Bill Czappa

 

It's not Rocket Surgery #113 by Bill Czappa

 

The Word Smith #156 by Bill Czappa

 

A Never Ending War #97 by Bill Czappa

 

The Last Supper with Tupperwear #91 by Bill Czappa

 

Undying Love #110 by Bill Czappa

 

The Plain Truth #109 by Bill Czappa

 

Status Quo #83 by Bill Czappa

 

Dog Walking Dog #102 by Bill Czappa

 

The Spruce Goose II #87 by Bill Czappa

 

A Pigs Interest #64 by Bill Czappa

 

The Level Playing Field #134 by Bill Czappa

 

Country Music #3 by Bill Czappa

 

Late Into The Night #82 by Bill Czappa

 

A Little Ray of Hope #115 by Bill Czappa

 

School of Hard Knots #101 by Bill Czappa

 

Liberty with burger hold the frys #98 by Bill Czappa

 

Pekin Duck #99 by Bill Czappa

 

Four Arguments for the Elimination of TV #6 by Bill Czappa

 

California Mobile #17 by Bill Czappa

 

Father Son and the Holly Ghost #11 by Bill Czappa