|Biography from Quidley & Company:|
|Evan Wilson was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, in 1953. He showed
interest in art at an early age when University of Alabama art
professor and family friend Richard Brough provided him with painting
materials and inspiration. In 1971, Wilson enrolled in the
prestigious North Carolina School of the Arts to complete high school.
There he experimented with various styles of art. After high
school, Wilson attended the Maryland Institute College of Art in
Baltimore where he met his lifelong mentor, Joseph Sheppard, an
internationally known realist painter. Under Sheppard's training,
Wilson began his evolution as a realist painter.|
Wilson studied at the Schuler School of Fine Arts in Baltimore. In
1978, he was awarded the Greenshields Foundation grant to study
painting in Florence, Italy. Over the following twenty-five
years, Wilson has honed his technique, which uses broad brushstrokes to
create paintings that are immediate and of the moment. Dedicated
to painting light and its effects on objects, he often incorporates
swatches of sunlight in his interiors. He takes ordinary objects
and scenes in life, such as hanging clothes on a line, with the idea of
making them elegant. As he stated in the Huntsville Museum of Art
catalog to his show, "The fun comes when playing with traditional
concepts to create something entirely new." For example, Wilson places
casual sunflowers in silver and porcelain vases for a fresh
Wilson's paintings are included in many other
public and private collections, including the Greenville County Museum
of Art in South Carolina and the Royal Academy of Music in London,
England. Nearly thirty of Wilson's paintings are included in the
collection of the Warner Westervelt Museum of Art.
received many awards. Most recently, he was honored with the
William Bouguereau Award for Emotion, Theme and the Figure in the 2006
Art Renewal Center's Annual International Salon. In 1999, Wilson
received the Alabama Arts Award presented by the University of
Alabama's Society for the Fine Arts in recognition of his artistic
talent and ability to capture his Alabama heritage on canvas.
remains true to his mission to bring realist painting back into the
forefront of American art. Most recently, he helped organize an
exhibition entitled "Legacy: A Tradition Lives On," which is on a
three-year tour of museums nationwide. There, he is grouped with eleven
other artists who also studied under Joseph Sheppard.
strong traditional training to "paint what he sees" has allowed him to
paint a wide array of subjects, from white peonies in silver pitchers
to rural baptisms in creeks to the official portrait of Alabama First
Lady Lori Siegelman. Always searching for new subjects and new ways to
depict them, Wilson divides his time among interiors, florals, figures,
landscapes, and portraits. Wilson's early-nineteenth-century home is
often the subject matter of his paintings. He also makes regular visits
to Alabama for inspiration.
|Biography from Charleston Renaissance Gallery:|
|Evan Wilson was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama in 1953. After graduating from the North Carolina School of the Arts in 1973, he studied under Joseph Sheppard at the Maryland Institute College of Art, and with Anne Schuler at the Schuler School of Fine Arts in Baltimore.|
"In 1978 I received a grant from the Greenshields Foundation of Montreal to study in Florence, Italy. There, my color perception began to develop," explains Wilson, "Painting pastoral vistas of Tuscan Villas, mountains and skies brought a new understanding of color."
Wilson has had numerous one-man and group exhibitions including the Royal Portrait Society (London), Portraits Incorporated (New York) and the Butler Museum (Youngstown). In 1984, the National Arts Club awarded him the Bruce Stevenson Memorial Award. He is a member of the Salmagundi Club and the Knickerbocker Artists. Wilson lives in upstate New York.
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