Bob Wilson (Robert Ward Wilson)
1953 – 2013
Biographical Introduction: Bob was born in Chattanooga and grew up in New England. He was educated at Boston’s Museum School of the Fine Arts (1983 – 1988) and received his B.F.A. from Tufts University. He met his future wife, Christine Sullivan, in Portland, and they married in 2001. Christine continues his legacy and is curator for his art.
“I’m interested in experience as a pre-lingual state – there is a language underneath the spoken word that is stronger unlabeled. Words often truncate what I’m trying to express. I love drawing realistically. Drawing the figure and the real world gives me the vocabulary to draw abstractly.“
Thoughts from the artist:
I am interested in how we experience the world just before we turn it into “meaning.”
- Before we know what the world is, we experience it through sight. As life piles learned meaning on top of learned meaning, we tend to lose pure visual experience.
- When I paint, I look for the visual triggers that interest the eye and engage the mind. I want to make paintings that utilize the trigger without replicating any object. Any replication or symbol-making is in the mind of the viewer and I want the viewer to know that.
- This is not to say that I don’t use cues. It is my search for the cues as visual triggers without the concrete objects they are often associated with, that makes painting a continual source of discovery for me. People see images and scenes in my work, but the work always remains a painting, not a picture.
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