This is a part of a series of icon images that I am working on. It is approximately 19″ x 14” and is matted and framed. It is also a one-of-a-kind original.
I am most interested in capturing a feeling or mood of mystery and wonder rather than telling a specific story. The artist Marc Chagall once said that a painting should be allusive if it is to ever acquire its true identity and this is what I’m trying to do with these mixed media pieces. In this painting, the resurrected Christ stands at the entrance of His tomb and energy surrounds him, suggested by the exploding gold and copper fragments and the spirals, which are a symbol of both energy and the Holy Spirit. The sun rises in the horizon, but only the central cross is emphasized as a new day dawns.
Profile InfoGary Wilson
Now living in Simpsonville, South Carolina, Gary Wilson has been working as a professional artist since 1969. After receiving his B.F.A. from Bethel College in St. Paul, Minnesota, and an M.F.A. from Michigan State University, Mr. Wilson taught as an Associate Professor of Art at Monroe Community College from 1971 until 2016, where his course load included Ceramics, Drawing, Art History, Art Appreciation and Creativity. With the help of his wife, Linda, Gary has participated in art festivals for over 45 years during the summer months and was also represented by galleries as well as hosting a large Christmas show in his home every year. Besides those responsibilities, Mr. Wilson was active as an elder in his church in Monroe, Michigan and he and his wife worked regularly with young adult ministries.
Gary has won many awards over the years including “Best of Shows”, “First Places”, “People’s Choice Awards”, and countless others. His work has been installed in hospitals, churches, nursing homes, funeral homes and universities, including Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana.
With over 45 years of teaching experience, Mr. Wilson has developed a number of presentations related to clay, art history and creativity with spiritual insights into each. He has done workshops for many colleges, universities, artist groups and churches. His familiarity with art history and in particular the symbolism of Christian art give him an unusual perspective into the purposes of art. His presentation documenting his search for a style of his own is particularly appreciated by aspiring artists who are searching also for their style. Having developed a college course in creativity which he has taught for over 40 years, he is able to communicate to others how to take the mystery out of the creative process.
Gary sums up his artistic purpose this way:
“In recent years I feel that the role of my art is changing. I believe that the purpose of my art is to be ministerial, to bring healing and hope into a world that desperately needs both. My prayer is that God will touch all those who ‘pass by’ and take the time to engage in the art and that a blessing will come with the encounter.