TechXpressionist artist, Roger Belveal
Our love of technology is evident everywhere. Our mobile devices are as ubiquitous as the cloud they connect us to. Yet, ironically, as we spend more of our lives in the world behind the glass, we have become somewhat sensory deprived. Amid all the digital interaction, a craving grows for renewed real world tangibility. This is what inspires the work by Frisco TechXpressionist sculptor, Roger Belveal.
TechXpressionism is both a celebration of the digital experience and an open rebellion against the slick virtual aesthetic of it. Familiar images come out from behind the glass and ruggedly into our space. TechXpressionism acknowledges that we are physical beings and answers that emotional need, reuniting our virtual and physical experiences again.
Roger Belveal grew up in the foothills of the Cascades of Oregon. His love for molten metal happened very early, hanging around his father’s welding shop. He studied fine art at the University of Washington, graduating with a degree in Industrial design. His unique sketch-in-space style is a three dimensional interpretation of a form of gestural figure drawing he learned from mentor, Robert Edward Graves. He describes it in human factors terms as a sort of “cognitive minimalism”, giving the eye just enough to inspire the mind to see the remainder. This engages the audience as more of a co-creator in the work rather than merely a spectator. The transparency enables perception of the whole space not just the surface because, as he explains, “it is more interesting looking into something than looking at it”. This style began with classic figures in steel and was later adapted to digital themes in TechXpressionism.
Roger has made a career designing software user experiences for fortune companies. His art work is a culmination of human factors design and his love for figures and forms in metal. “Whatever the medium, it’s all about creating a great experience.” He is active in the DFW tech startup scene and his art is very popular in the tech design community. His TechXpressionist works are showcased at technology offices and were the centerpiece for the BIG(D)ESIGN conference two years in a row.
Roger resides in Frisco with his wife, Mary. They have four wonderful children and three granddaughters.
His website includes a blog about art and design along with a gallery of his work. www.belveal.com