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Paintings should invoke a mood, a feeling. The Japanese have a saying, “less is more.” This painting was part of a series I was doing on the cross. As I worked on this, I thought I was just on the beginning stage of my experimenting, but as it dried I began to realize that it was in fact finished. The grayness of the sky and the dark hillside with a silhouetted form in silver had a haunting mystery about it. I believe in the importance of leaving some obscurity in finished work. There needs to be something for the viewer to engage in. The painter Marc Chagall said about true content that “A thing must be allusive if it is ever to acquire its true identity.” Most Christians like everything ‘spelled out,’ but that type of image is just a ‘flashcard.’ There is nothing to come back to. Strangely, this is one of my favorite paintings. If it doesn’t sell, it will hang in my house.
Note: I took this photo when the image was already under glass, so there may be a slight camera reflection.
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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.