William Song’s passion for painting emerges from the unusual arc of his life in the seemingly divergent realms of intellectual discipline and intuitive consciousness. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Song went on to become a nationally recognized lawyer in a complex legal field. But after a rare medical condition forced a shift in life, Song’s journey toward healing brought about several profound experiences in consciousness and energy. Extended stays in Italy, Japan, India and New Mexico have deeply influenced Song’s work.
"Light is both consciousness and communication - a painting is a vibrative field of energy. Perceptions of this world, even our thoughts and feelings, are waves of electromagnetic frequencies. Visual color, hue, tint, tone and shade are simply words attempting to describe subtle vibrative information."
Song allows a meditative flow to guide the development of each painting, sometimes over a period of multiple years. He works primarily in oils, sometimes with the addition of cold beeswax medium which creates variance in thickness and sheen. Strong, textural palette knife work forms the foundation of most paintings, allowing the artist to build layers of color and texture, or scrape away paint, which he compares to a geologic excavation process that allows things to be uncovered, and a sense of hinting at the unseen.
Song’s work has been exhibited in galleries and public centers including ArtXchange Gallery, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle City Hall, Harborview Medical Center and the permanent collection of Oregon Health and Science University.