National Juried Exhibition August 5-30 2020

"Wilson's Sprinkmann Building

has, somehow, the calm, authoritarian clownishness our great politicians aim for

but don't achieve."

Foundry Gallery, Washington DC

 

The Motif Collective - "Symmetry" Shortlist

September Gallery

https://www.motifcollective.com/winners-

sep-2020.html

Wilson was born and raised in Central Illinois and considers 

himself an “emerging” regionalist photographer. He was a medical-surgical-generalist photographer and writer in the

health care field for 33 years. Prior to that he cut steel in a

foundry and drove a truck for a time. He has an affinity for

design and hopes that becomes ever clearer within his photographs. “I have an appreciation for many and varied

artists," said Wilson. "William Christenberry, William Eggleston,

Fred Herzog, and Shelby Lee Adams are a few." He has been influenced by them for their vision, aesthetic, and their

humanity. "I admire Eggleston's attitude and Christenberry's thoughtfulness and emotional connection to his beloved

South. Eggleston commented that his photographs were like

little paintings. "That’s it, exactly," said Wilson. "But when I think

of ‘humanity,’ I think of Shelby Lee."

"I photograph the everyday, the familiar in unfamiliar places.

Structures left behind; dated, discarded, curious. Rural communities, along back-roads, and within once-thriving

urban neighborhoods; these are my vistas. I am hopeful

that my photographs are reminders of humanness, culture,

and community." 

Many years ago, I had the pleasure of studying under and working with a handful of Central Illinois’ finest artists and

art educators; Lee Benz, Wayne Forbes, Fred Hentchel,

Robert Majeske and Marlene Miller. That program opened

my eyes, expanded my creative vision and aesthetic-consciousness. That group of artists, that program, at that time, stands-up easily against any arts program anywhere

in the country. 

Illinois Central College Fine Arts

University of Illinois UIS

Juried Illinois Artisan for Photography, Illinois State Museum

For John, my partner of 35 years, who passed away in 2009, 

and the furry little ones we shared through the years.

I miss you guys.