Stephen Wilson, ‘Some Like It Hot’, 2016, Exhibit by Aberson

Stephen is anything but traditional. The medium used for his pieces is predominantly fabric and thread, combined with sculptural 3D printing, laser engraving, and painting. When you examine one of his pieces closely you will notice that each line and element is created with thread on top of luxurious fabrics. Some of his pieces contain millions of embroidery stitches and take hundreds of hours to create. Fashion influence is prevalent in his work. The fabrics used include Hermès silk, Chanel wool, fabrics by Marc Jacobs, Oscar De La Renta, Vera Wang, Ralph Lauren, Versace, Dolce & Gabanna, and Brunello Cucinelli. He is influenced by contemporary art, pop art, street art, graffiti, and iconography, as well as traditional quilting and handicrafts.

Born and raised in Hoboken, New Jersey, Stephen Wilson is a conceptual artist whose unique medium carries his message. Blending luxury fabric, 3D-printed sculptures, laser-engraved acrylics, and highly detailed embroidery pieces, his manipulation of multiple materials produces wholly original works of art. His early career in the commercial fashion industry, along with a wildly successful embroidery software company, has equipped Stephen with a range of technical skills.

The medium is the message. There is a long list of artists that create art using traditional means. However, Stephen is anything but traditional. The medium used for his pieces is predominantly fabric and thread, combined with sculptural 3D printing, laser engraving, and painting. When you examine one of his pieces closely you will notice that each line and element is created with thread on top of luxurious fabrics. Some of his pieces contain millions of embroidery stitches and take hundreds of hours to create. Fashion influence is prevalent in his work. The fabrics used include Hermès silk, Chanel wool, fabrics by Marc Jacobs, Oscar De La Renta, Vera Wang, Ralph Lauren, Versace, Dolce & Gabanna, and Brunello Cucinelli. He is influenced by contemporary art, pop art, street art, graffiti, and iconography, as well as traditional quilting and handicrafts. Each piece is unique and expertly crafted in his Charlotte, North Carolina studio, using both traditional and modern tools. Stephen is a conceptual artist known for work that blends a high fashion influence, traditional quilting, and Americana. He has been an industry leader in both the fashion embroidery and home embroidery worlds, as well as an industry speaker, writer, and educator. His pieces have been included in solo gallery exhibitions, group exhibitions, and museum shows, and are collected by art enthusiasts worldwide.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016 New Gallery of Modern Art, Beauty, Death & What’s Underneath, Charlotte, NC

2017 New Gallery of Modern Art, Americana, Charlotte, NC

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016 Mint Museum, 80 x 80: An Art Show, Charlotte, NC

2016 The Grace, Spaces, Charlotte, NC

2016 New Gallery of Modern Art, Art Salon, Charlotte, NC

2017 Cornell Art Museum, Fabricated: Contemporary Fiber Works, Delray Beach, FL

2017 Exhibit by Aberson, Duo Exhibition with Robert Mars, Tulsa, OK

ART FAIRS

2016 Scope Miami represented by New Gallery of Modern Art

2017 Scope NYC represented by New Gallery of Modern Art

2017 Art Pameplonne St. Tropez represented by New Gallery of Modern Art

CORPORATE AND PRIVATE COLLECTIONS

Opera Carolina

Hemby Children’s Hospital at Presbyterian Medical Center

GALLERIES

New Gallery of Modern Art, Charlotte, NC

DTR Modern Gallery, Washington, DC

DTR Modern Gallery, Palm Beach, FL

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Artist Studio

About Stephen Wilson

American, b. 1970, Hoboken, NJ, United States, based in Charlotte, NC, United States

Solo Shows

2016
New Gallery of Modern Art, 
Charlotte, NC, United States,
Beauty, Death & What’s Underneath

Group Shows

2017
Cornell Art Museum, 
Delray Beach, FL, United States,
Fabricated: Contemporary Fiber Works
2016
Mint Museum of Art, 
Charlotte, NC, United States,
80 x 80: An Art Show