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About Billy Foley

Billy Foley is my favourite abstract painter. It was on Saturday, June 12, 1999 that I for the first time saw a painting by him, and that painting took me by surprise, and I still consider it as my favourite.

On Saturday, December 4, 1999, I heard that the painting had only recently been to someone on an art fair in Hengelo. On January 28 and 31, 2000, I got some bitmap of the painting and made the back ground white. Around January 15, 2001, I made a scan the picture of the painting on the leaflet announcing his exhibition in 1999. On Monday, February 10, 2003, I found his home page. I tried to sent him an email, but failed to contact him. On Sunday, March 9, 2003, I went to an exhibition of Billy Foley in Hengelo and saw some of his new paintings. On Saturday, March 20, 2004, I saw a new painting by him, one that is much like my favourite painting, but not as good. Since then, I often have visited "Beeld en Aambeeld" to look at it. On Wednesday, March 24, 2004, I was given a copy of the "Foley" catalogue. On Thursday, September 21, 2006, went to look at twenty new painting at "Beeld en Aambeeld". On Saturday, September 30, 2006, Li-Xia, Annabel, and I looked at the new paitings (again).

Talking with Billy Foley

On Tuesday, September 13, 2004, I went to a "Qua art - qua science" meeting held at the faculty club of the University of Twente, where Billy Foley was one of the speakers. Because of the 25th anniversary of art gallery "Beeld en Aambeeld", the owners of the gallery, Karel Betman en Martha Haveman, asked fifty artists to make a piece of art in relation to a person or organisation they admire. Billy Foley was on of these artists and the person he admired was the Nobel prize winner Murray Gell-Mann, who got the prize because of his work on elemental particles, like quarks.

Meeting again

On Sunday, November 16, 2008, I met with Billy Foley again. He even remembered meeting me before.

The Artery Show

On Saturday, March 10, 2012, I heard that the painting will be on display again from April 26 till June 1 as part of The Artery Show. However, on Saturday, April 21, I heard that this will not be the case. On Saturday, April 28, I went to the opening of "The Kuks Collection". The next day, I saw a drawing in Tetem 2, another location part of The Artery Show.

Gallery WVIII

On Saturday, July 6, 2013, I went to see works by him in gallery WVIII. There were four large painting and seven smaller paintings. The smaller paintings are recent works made in the past year, with very light strokes in bright colours. The four larger works resemble works he made a long time ago, using mostly black paint with some red accents. On Saturday, July 20, 2013, I went there again.

Kunst in het Volkspark

On Sunday, June 12, 2016, I saw some of his works in the tent of Beeld en Aambeeld at the open air art show Kunst in het Volkspark.

Beeld & Aambeeld

On Saturday, November 27, 2021, I saw two of his works at the Beeld & Aambeeld gallery.


Some of his paintings