Will Utay specializes in hand-painted photography, following a tradition that pre-dates the inception of color processing. The images are photographed with black & white film and printed on a warm-toned matte paper. The prints are prepared with a mineral spirit-based emulsion and colored by hand using a variety of media including oils, pencils, acrylics, water colors and pastels.
The phrase “magical realism” has been used to describe the literary work of such authors as Gabriel Garcia Marquez. It is this same effect that Mr. Utay strives for visually: a beguiling seductiveness and ethereal allure that sets his work apart from black & white or color photography. Fine art prints in limited editions are then created from these hand painted masters.
His work has appeared in interior design showrooms such as the Pacific Design Center and fine home furnishing stores (Bamboo Colony, Plantation, Japanache, Warasan).
Mr. Utay’s artwork is rented and sold for television and film production and appears on permanent sets of “Jag”, “Nip/Tuck”, “That 70’s Show”, “Days of Our Lives”, “Judging Amy” and “Desperate Housewives”, among several others.
Mr. Utay is well known to television viewers from roles in more than 200 programs over the past 20 years, most notably Night Court (Phil the Derelict) and Days of our Lives (Dr. Rolf). His successful career also includes numerous film and stage productions.