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About Me


Michael B Wilson

I was born in Loveland, CO in 1955 and grew up in the nearby village of Berthoud, CO. In high school I studied for two years in the "Famous Illustrators Artists' Course by Mail." I spent the disco years as a hippie, painting and studying art at Humboldt State University in Northern California, spent a year on the island of Paros, Greece and graduated from the Boston Museum School in 1988, sharing first place in the prestigious 5th Year Traveling Fellowship.

Artist Statement

     I make art in an attempt to create order out of all of the beauty and chaos that’s happening to us all at once, giving form and visual poetry to the onslaught of visual stimuli amid conflicting emotions and absolute uncertainty.      The past five years, more or less, mark a return to my life as a surrealist painter. I paint images of contrasting elements: i.e. abstraction/realism, organic/geometric, dynamic/static, infinite/temporary, in order to get beyond the visual world and into the subconscious.      Much of realistic painting over the centuries has had the aim of capturing a moment in time, while most of what we see, and experience now seems to be the opposite. We’re constantly having our attention pulled one way then another, being interrupted by traffic, phones, people behaving unpredictably, Netflix, Amazon and constant advertising everywhere, all the time. And that's just normal life.    Then comes the unexpected and often inexplicable: light bends so we see a ship floating in air above the sea, historical landmarks burn to the ground in bright orange flame under deep blue skies, and the streets of our mightiest cities stand stark in their emptiness as our hospitals and cemeteries are overflowing.


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    Date of Birth                            

August 29, 1955  

EDUCATION                                              

1988 Fifth Year Program, School of the Museum Of Fine Arts, Boston                1987 Studio Program Diploma, SMFA, Bosotn             1978-1983  Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA  

AWARDS AND FELLOWSHIPS              

2012 Berkshire Taconic Artist Recourse Trust Foundation Grant                                             1995  Ucross Foundation, Claremont, WY           1994  McDowel Colony, Peterborough, NH          Blue Mountain Colony, Blue Mt. Lake, NY 1991  Yaddo Colony, Saratoga Springs, NY 1988  Clarissa Bartlett Travelling Scholarship, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston  

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS   

2016  Gallery 444, Provincetown, MA (2 person show)                                                              2014  Shaw’s Jewelry and Fine Art, Northeast Harbor, ME                                                      2009 Wolfarth Gallery, Provincetown, MA 2008, ’07 Susan Maasch Gallery, Portland, ME 2006 Erlich Gallery, Marblehead, MA          2007-2003 OZ Gallery, Provincetown, MA    2004 - 2001 Art 3, Manchester, NH 2004,   2003  Sandy Carson Gallery, Denver, CO     1999, 1998 Deloney Newkirk Fine Arts, Santa Fe, NM  

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS  (since 2000)   2017 Hebrew Life Center Gallery, Boston    2016 Newbury Court Gallery, Concord, MA 2013 Holtzwasser Gallery, New Art Center, Newton, MA                                                 2012  Common Space Gallery, Waltham, MA 2009 Rule Corp. Gallery, Brighton, MA 2007, 2007-2003      Oz Gallery, Provincetown, MA 2004-200202 Sandy Carson Gallery, Denver, CO  

SELECTED CORPORATE COLLECTIONS     Magnolia Hotel Houston, Houston, TX                   

Makati Quad, Makati City, Philippines        Federal Reserve Bank, Boston, MA      Wellington Management Co, Boston, MA    Fidelity Investment Corp, Boston, MA    Harvard Management Co Inc, Boston, MA Charles Schwab Corp.                          Ameristar Casino, St Charles, St. Louis, MO Ssang Yong Corp, Seoul, South Korea         Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University             Kea Lani Hotel, Maui, HA                                    Hyatt Westlake in Thousand Oaks, CA             Fairmont New Orleans, LA                          Santa Clarita Hyatt, Valencia, CA                  New York Hilton Hotel, NY, NY                           Highlands Inn, Park Hyatt Carmel, CA   Sheraton Boston, MA                                           Hilton Torrey Pines, San Diego, CA Sheraton Suites Cypress Creek, Ft. Lauderdale          Denver Monaco Suites, Denver, CO                 Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common, MA              Omni CNN Center, Atlanta, GA               SELECTED PRIVATE COLLECTIONS               Barbara Lee, Boston, MA                                     Wynn Newhouse, Boston, MA                      Steven & Barbara Grossman, Boston, MA 536870145 1107305727 0 0 415 0;}@font-face {font-family:Papyrus; panose-1:2 11 6 2 4 2 0 2 3 3; mso-font-charset:77; mso-generic-font-family:swiss; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:-1610612609 1073750107 0 0 403 0;}p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-unhide:no; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; margin:0in; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";}p.MsoHeader, li.MsoHeader, div.MsoHeader {mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-link:"Header Char"; margin:0in; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; tab-stops:center 3.0in right 6.0in; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";}a:link, span.MsoHyperlink {mso-style-unhide:no; mso-style-parent:""; color:blue; text-decoration:underline; text-underline:single;}a:visited, span.MsoHyperlinkFollowed {mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; color:#954F72; mso-themecolor:followedhyperlink; text-decoration:underline; text-underline:single;}span.HeaderChar {mso-style-name:"Header Char"; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-unhide:no; mso-style-locked:yes; mso-style-link:Header;}.MsoChpDefault {mso-style-type:export-only; mso-default-props:yes; font-size:10.0pt; mso-ansi-font-size:10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size:10.0pt;}div.WordSection1 {page:WordSection1;}ol {margin-bottom:0in;}ul {margin-bottom:0in;}

ARtists statement

    I make art in attempt to create order out of all of the beauty and chaos that’s happening to us all at once, giving form and visual poetry to the onslaught of visual stimuli and conflicting emotions and absolute uncertainty.     

The past five years, more or less, mark a return to my life as a surrealist painter. I paint images of contrasting elements: i.e. abstraction/realism, organic/geometric, dynamic/static, infinite/temporary, in order to get beyond the visual world and into the subconscious.        

Much of realistic painting over the centuries has had the aim of capturing a moment in time, while most of what we see, and experience now seems to be the opposite. We’re constantly having our attention pulled one way then another, being interrupted by traffic, phones, people behaving unpredictably, Netflix, Amazon and constant advertising everywhere, all the time. And that's just normal life.    

Then comes the unexpected and often inexplicable: light bends so we see a ship floating in air above the sea, historical landmarks burn to the ground in bright orange flame under deep blue skies, and the streets of our mightiest cities stand stark in their emptiness as hospitals and cemeteries are overflowing.       @font-face {font-family:"Cambria Math"; panose-1:2 4 5 3 5 4 6 3 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:roman; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:-536870145 1107305727 0 0 415 0;}@font-face {font-family:Calibri; panose-1:2 15 5 2 2 2 4 3 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:swiss; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:-536859905 -1073732485 9 0 511 0;}p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-unhide:no; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; margin:0in; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;}.MsoChpDefault {mso-style-type:export-only; mso-default-props:yes; font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;}div.WordSection1 {page:WordSection1;}

INSPIRATIONS

RICHARD DIEBENKORN

DAVID HOCKNEY

JIM MCVICKER

STEPHEN DESTABLER

MANUEL NERI

PICASSO

MATISSE

FRITZ SCHOLDER

FRANK STELLA


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