William Quellec is an artist with an incredible unique vision. He has been photographing for the past ten years as he passed through some cities and countries and then migrated to some others. Now a citizen of the United States and residing in New York he generally describes his work as a connection to landscapes and cityscapes. In the lather case for example, it is the architectural elements of a structure and their interactions with light, shadow and their environmental surroundings that invite him to have a profound long-term relationship with it. He then spends time, sometimes minutes, sometimes hours, sometimes multiple visits at different times, seasons and trips to photograph the same structure and satisfy his thirst for the curiosity created by the architecture.
He works his surrealist photographs in specific steps. The first is called ‘Deconstruction’. This is the beginning of a process that starts in the field while he envisions a surrealistic form of a structure in his imagination, and then for the image in his mind to become reality in the form of visual art he takes hundred of photographs. The second step of his process that he calls ‘Reconstruction’, happens in his studio where he takes his many photographs frame by frame placing each shot into a new dimension of art. Consequently, this process created by William has been named ‘Deconstructive Surrealism‘ and can take as little as hours and as long as years for some of his art pieces to finish. Amazingly, it is during this process that he might commit to his relationship with the structure on a deeper level.
Somewhere along this road he becomes so well acquainted with his subjects’ details that they are no longer just architectural interests but characters who have a story to tell. At such junctures he finds himself looking for the history of maybe a certain building by diving into its public records and historical facts. After paging through there are characters that will stay as simple as first found but on occasion he has found characters that shed a light into the life of the builders and have become part of their legacy. You may see the sign of those facts when William has chosen to name the title of a specific art piece after the original builders‘ to honor their hand in the making of a city and sub-sequentially his artwork.Then there are also those enticing charming complex facade of structures that make him look further into the builders’ other works such as Gehry which take William to places he did not anticipate but was lured towards.It is in this game of endless search and find that William creates his artwork. His artworks are in fact the lively characters that tell their own multi-layered story and that of their cities through William’s beautiful vision. Hence, we might say William is a storyteller whose words are photographs that speak of their tale to their viewers.