Art-topping Hilroy Bulgin
Like a chart-topping recording artiste at the top of his game, so is Jamaica’s Hilroy Bulgin to the world of fine art, with his ‘Jam-dot’ dubbed artwork, gracing the walls of collectors internationally and donning the hallways of corporate companies, investing in statement pieces for their décor.
The fine artist, who is also an electrical engineer, hails from the rural community of Somerton, St. James and has been drawing since childhood. “I started drawing when I was very young, and was introduced to painting at age 12 when I entered Cornwall College. I studied art up to CXC level and followed up with private studies while pursuing an engineering degree at the University of Technology (UTECH),” he explained.
Bulgin’s technique as unique, as it is impressive. He describes it as a fusion, allowing viewers to develop their own interpretations at times. “My art is a fusion of aboriginal, contemporary and pointillism,” he stressed. “I’m drawn to aboriginal art because it was developed to tell stories by the Australian aboriginal people. They had no written language, so in order to preserve their history and culture, sacred stories were placed on artwork. Pointillism is distinct and intricate. Fused with contemporary approaches, I have been able to have a distinguishing feature about my work. I think that has also helped with persons being interested in my work as well.
While revealing his plans to establish a foundation for at-risk and underprivileged children who are interested in the arts, the artist mused “my art is for love, and what it affords me is an avenue to help others. That is the greatest achievement or feeling that I can ask for”.
A lover of everything artistic, Bulgin also has interest in interior designing and landscaping. He is husband to Tracey and father to Jaden, an aspiring animator, and Jacey, who at 6, is herself a budding fine artist, producing intuitive pieces that belie her age.
Pointillism is distinct and intricate. Fused with contemporary approaches, I have been able to have a distinguishing feature about my work.