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About the Luxury Series

From the feel of superior materials, to the attention to detail placed into each product, luxury houses like Chanel, Hermès, Valentino, Dior, and Gucci have been creating beautiful products for generations. Every product purchased from these luxury brands comes wonderfully packaged in a beautiful box. Usually we are very hesitant to throw one of these boxes away. They are a status symbol in and of themselves, so, inevitably the boxes usually go into storage somewhere, but are eventually discarded. Since I create many pieces using luxury fabrics like Hermès scarves, my studio becomes littered with boxes. While working on sketches one day, inspiration struck and I decided to use these boxes as a canvas for my new pieces. Each box is carefully selected and turned into an art piece using embroidery, assemblage, and collage. Each box has its own characteristics and is often vintage in age. All of the boxes are original and unique works. Once the boxes are finished they are 3D-mounted in a contemporary shadow box frame. 

 

About the Artist

Born and raised in Hoboken, New Jersey, Stephen Wilson is a conceptual artist whose unique medium carries his message. Blending luxury fabric, digital renderings, 3D-printed sculptures, laser-engraved acrylics, and highly detailed embroidery pieces, his manipulation of multiple materials produces wholly original works of art. His early career in the commercial fashion industry, along with a wildly successful embroidery software company, has equipped Stephen with a range of technical skills. He has been an industry leader in both the fashion embroidery and home embroidery world, as well as an industry speaker, writer, and educator. In his fine arts practice, Stephen is deeply interested in the intersection of traditional craft and contemporary culture.

 

About the Work

For Stephen, the medium is the message. There is a long list of artists that create art using traditional means. However, Stephen is anything but traditional. The medium used in his work is predominantly fabric and thread, combined with sculptural 3D printing, laser engraving, and painting. His pieces often contain millions of embroidery stitches and take hundreds of hours to create. When you examine one of his pieces closely, you will notice that each line is created with thread, utilizing, embellishing or transforming luxurious fabrics.

Fashion influence is prevalent in his work. The fabrics used include Hermès silk, Chanel wool, and other luxurious fabrics by Marc Jacobs, Oscar De La Renta, Vera Wang, Ralph Lauren, Versace, Dolce & Gabanna, and Brunello Cucinelli. By using these fashion fabrics, Stephen’s works evoke questions regarding luxury consumerism. He is influenced by contemporary art, pop art, street art, graffiti and iconography, as well as traditional quilting and handicrafts. Each piece is unique and expertly crafted in his Charlotte, North Carolina studio, using both traditional and modern tools.

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016 New Gallery of Modern Art, “Beauty, Death & What’s Underneath” Charlotte, NC

2017 New Gallery of Modern Art, “Americana” Charlotte, NC

DUO EXHIBITIONS

2017 Exhibit by Aberson, “Robert Mars X Stephen Wilson” Tulsa, OK

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016 Mint Museum, “80 x 80: An Art Show” Charlotte, NC

2016 The Grace, “Spaces” Charlotte, NC

2016 New Gallery of Modern Art, “Art Salon” Charlotte, NC

2017 Cornell Art Museum, “Fabricated: Contemporary Fiber Works” Delray Beach, FL

2017 Coral Springs Museum of Art “New Acquisitions 2017” Coral Springs, FL

ART FAIRS

2016 Scope, Miami represented by New Gallery of Modern Art

2017 Scope, NYC represented by New Gallery of Modern Art

2017 Art Pampelonne, St. Tropez represented by New Gallery of Modern Art

PUBLIC SHOWS

2017 Americana, Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, Charlotte, NC

2017 Americana, Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York, NY

CORPORATE AND PRIVATE COLLECTIONS

Hemby Childrens Home, Presbyterian Hospital, Charlotte, NC

Coral Springs Museum of Art, Coral Springs, FL

Opera Carolina, Charlotte, NC

Brunello Cucinelli Corporate Headquarters, Umbria, Italy

Oaxaca Museum of Art, Oaxaca, Mexico - Opening 2018

National Gallery of Art, Sofia, Bulgaria - Opening 2018

GALLERIES

New Gallery of Modern Art, Charlotte NC

Exhibition by Aberson, Tulsa OK

DTR Modern Gallery, Washington DC

DTR Modern Gallery, Palm Beach FL

DTR Modern Gallery, Boston MA

VW Contemporary, Greenwich CT

Art Angels, Los Angeles CA

Miller Gallery, Cincinnati OH