Following in the footsteps of his monumental Americana installation and accompanying book, Stephen Wilson has produced a new series of over 25 works in a multitude of sizes and shapes that combine his characteristic embroidery techniques with oil painting.
On March 2, 2018 the New Gallery of Modern Art will proudly debut a new body of work from the creative mind of Stephen Wilson, entitled: "Shine A Light When It's Gray Out." Following in the footsteps of his monumental "Americana" installation and accompanying book, Stephen has produced a new series of over 25 works in a multitude of sizes and shapes that combine his characteristic embroidery techniques with oil painting. Each work has been carefully kept under wraps until the series premieres in our gallery in a few short weeks.
Offering a hint of what you will see with "Shine A Light When It's Gray Out," Stephen eloquently characterizes the works as: "Thematically, [the series] is about home and love -- a light in the dark -- and how we should strive to endure and succeed for ourselves, for our children. To harness the swirling maelstrom I imagine, I painted background canvases with dark oils and oil sticks in tumultuous strokes. Across this backdrop, butterflies cascade beauty and undulate hope -- and the light -- they represent my beacon, my own personal chrysalis."
"Shine A Light When It's Gray Out" is Stephen's second solo show with Charlotte's New Gallery of Modern Art. His work has also been featured at SCOPE Miami, SCOPE New York, and Art Pampelonne under the auspices of the New Gallery as well as group shows at the Cornell Art Museum (Delray Beach, Florida) and the Coral Springs Museum of Art (Florida). This new body of work will also have a companion publication featuring gorgeous reproductions of each work of art and an extensive statement from Stephen.