Here are some examples of William's 'Light Cooks'.
In the Light Cooks series, William introduces you to the disturbing 'behind the scene' world of the cook.
To understand William's art, you first have to understand the cook and what it takes to become a master in the kitchen, turning raw ingredients into works of art themselves. You have to understand what it takes to cook food which stops the diner in their tracks as flavours release in perfect balance and harmony in their mouth. Like any artist, It takes dedication, passion, belief, desire, hard work, persistence and talent. Add to that the theatre, costume and drama of cooks and you start to see why William is fascinated by these culinary people.
But William looks deeper into the dark side of the cook and chef. He explores the personal cost of excelling as a cook. Long antisocial hours, hot sweaty 'pressure cooker' kitchens, demanding clients all come at a cost to the cook. Add to that the chefs intense desire to cook the perfect dish... pushing boundaries... innovating... striving for excellence. It has been known to drive a cook mad.
In William's world, the cook is often a maligned character who gets themselves into trouble... perhaps drinks too much and pops too many pills, possibly gambles, is possibly a womaniser. A creative genius with a troubled soul. Some may say there is little difference between a cook and a painter.
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"To paint a cook, one has to live the darkess of the cook" - William Balthazar Rose
This is one of the original cooks pieces by William illustrating some of his signature themes: The tall 'out of scale' man, architectural chef hats and red shoes.
This painting was bought by Michel Roux Jr. - the renowned two star Michelin chef.
William suggested the painting was inspired by The Deposition of Christ (specifically the painting The Entombment of Christ by 17th century revolutionary artist Caravaggio), but the two star Michelin chef who bought the painting suggested the chef being carried had fainted because he failed to achieve his third Michelin star.
Chef Roux suggests the large man in the red shoes is a Michelin guide reviewer.
Michel Roux Jr. is now a collector of William's works and displays the paintings in his restaurants, together with artworks by Picasso, Giacometti, Miro and Dali amongst others.
Here you'll see the familiar tall man and introduction of a cup cake -- one of William's trademark motifs.
William suggests the cupcake is a piece of America... a ready made product. William spent many years living in the USA and the cupcake offers a little slice of American pie.
The cupcake is held by the large man. Who is he? Some suggest he is a higher being. Why is he holding the cup cake? Come to America? The promised land?
The chef's knife features regularly in William's work.
William is drawn to the knife as an instrument to divide and share food. In this painting, it seems somebody wants to divide the chef. Perhaps and unhappy customer? A rival chef?
The large man is present too. A higher being, or possibly a giant with an excess growth hormone (Acromegaly) like Andre the Giant from the film 'The Princess Bride'.
When asked why the large man it there, William replies "because he is, leaving him out is non-negotiable". Is that because the large man is always present in our lives, watching us?
Often in William's paintings you'll see the cooks surrounding another person. Why? In this painting, did the man in the middle steal the cake which is being returned to the cook? Or, did the man in the middle bring a new cake for the cook to taste?
As with all of William's work there is a hidden story behind the art. The story isn't always obvious as William wants you to work hard to understand the picture.
The chef on the floor again? Why? Could he be drunk -- again?
Notice the cupcake behind the chef... barely visible. Also the dog. Why?
Is the chef holding the knife threatening the master chef, or asking for permission to cut the cake?
This light cooks painting could actually be very dark.
"Within my paintings, there is always a reference to the history of art" -- William Baltazar Rose
This is a very intriguing painting with the large man, a small chef, a cupcake --- and another chef bowing. Is the chef bowing to the cup cake? Bowing to the symbol of consumerism?
Or is he bowing to the large man? A higher being?