Evan Wilson is an accomplished master in oil whose paintings have been exhibited all over the world. Born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama in 1953, 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. Wilson attended the prestigious North Carolina School of the Arts to complete high school, and later went on to the Maryland Institute College of Art where he met his lifelong mentor, Joseph Sheppard, an internationally acclaimed realist painter in the Old World tradition. Under Sheppard’s tutelage, Wilson began his evolution as a Realist. Today, his works 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.
Wilson has received many national and international awards. Most recently, he was honored with the coveted William Bouguereau Award for Emotion, Theme and the Figure in the 2006 Art Renewal Center’s Annual Competition.
Wilson remains true to his mission to bring Realism back into the forefront of American art. Grouped with eleven other artists who also studied under Joseph Sheppard, Wilson helped organize an exhibition titled Legacy: A Tradition Lives On.
Currently, Wilson lives in Hoosick, New York, a painterly location in upstate. His early-nineteenth-century home is often the subject matter of his paintings. He also makes regular visits to Alabama for inspiration. The diverse subjects he has painted in his home state include the Sipsey Swamp, the Cahaba Lilies, and big-leaf magnolias prevalent in Alabama.
Wilson currently exhibits in Nantucket, Charleston, and New Orleans.
My love affair with exotic textiles started when I was a young art student, with my mentor, Joseph Sheppard. His teaching was all about the Old Masters of the 17th century. We were told to emulate artists like: Peter Paul Rubens, Rembrandt and van Dyck, as well as many of the great Italian masters like Michelangelo and Leonardo. It was while copying portraits in the National Gallery of Art in Washington that I became fascinated with their ability to capture the metallic glint of a button, or the intricate detail in the clothes worn by royalty, as they sat for their portraits. From the very beginning of my career, I have tried to incorporate beautiful textiles of this sort whenever the opportunity arises. –Evan Wilson