N.C. Landscape Artist J. Chris Wilson To Host Open Studio With Painting Presentation and Demonstration

studio photo 3WILSON, N.C. — North Carolina landscape artist J. Chris Wilson will host a painting presentation and demonstration in his Wilmington studio from 10 a.m. – Noon and from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. on July 18 and 19. There is no charge, but participants must register in advance, as space is limited. Please contact Maureen O’Neill in the Barton Art Galleries at 252-399-6477 or email artgalleries@barton.edu to register or to request additional information.

Directions to the studio will be provided upon completion of registration for the event. Attendees will be responsible for their lunch during the Noon break and may come and go as necessary. Participants may attend either day or may attend both days for the complete process of making a still life painting from start to finish.

Wilson’s presentation will begin with an explanation of the painting techniques and skills necessary for successful representational art, and he will then demonstrate how the skills are applied to create a painting. Wilson will cover how to create a successful composition and design, how to paint convincing glass objects, how to paint drapery, and how to create form and space in a painting.

Wilson currently has nearly 35 paintings on exhibition in four state buildings in the Capital District of Raleigh, including the Museum of History, the State Library of North Carolina, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and the House of Representatives Chamber in the North Carolina Legislative Building. The paintings are part of Wilson’s painting series of large-scale scenic North Carolina landscapes “From Murphy to Manteo—An Artist’s Scenic Journey.”

Wilson’s work was the subject of a feature article in the March 2013 issue of “Our State” magazine, and his historic home and art were featured in the August issue of “Salt Magazine.” The artist was featured on UNC-TV’s “Our State” program that aired on January 2 and is featured in a documentary focusing on “The U. S. Eastcoast” produced by Vidicom Media of Hamburg, Germany, and co-produced with ARTE and SWR Fernsehen to be aired as a five-part series on the French-German cultural channel ARTE in early summer. The series is about people and shores from Florida to Maine. In the recent past, Wilson was featured on WRAL’s “Tarheel Traveler,” and “WTVD’s Heart of Carolina Perspectives.” His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the Southeast, and his art is also represented in numerous public and private collections in the United States, especially in the Southeast, and in England, Japan, and Saudi Arabia.

Wilson has been involved in symposia, community presentations, and publications on art, decorative arts, and historic preservation, and he has engaged in extensive community service throughout his professional career, currently serving on the boards of Preservation North Carolina and the Blount Bridgers House/Hobson Pittman Memorial Foundation.

Originally from Waycross and St. Simons Island, Ga., Wilson earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Georgia, where he also completed post-graduate work, with Lamar Dodd as his major professor. Wilson served on the faculty of Barton College from 1974-2012, earning professor emeritus recognition following retirement. Now, he continues at Barton as the College’s first artist-in-residence.

Wilson makes his home in Wilmington with his wife, Kathleen, and has two adult children: a son, Matthew, and a daughter, Singleton.

For additional information or to view Wilson’s work, visit www.jchriswilson.com.