Free Play

Viewable In-Person or Online

May 3 – June 30, 2021

Reception with the Artist: May 21, 5-7pm at The Arts Center

Free Play is an exhibit of pieces by Bradley Wilson. Bradley Wilson was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee in 1970. He received degrees in painting from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (BFA, 1994) and the University of Mississippi (MFA, 1997). His paintings, drawings and sculptures are in many private and corporate collections across the United States and Canada. He has exhibited in galleries and museums regionally and nationally.

In addition to making artwork, Wilson teaches studio art and art history at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee, and conducts regular painting workshops at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, North Carolina, as well as other venues. Bradley resides with his wife, twelve dogs, and three cats in Charleston, Tennessee.

About fifteen years ago I became interested in the idea of painting as an improvised performance. I had grown dissatisfied with making work that was fully conceived at the beginning, worked out through studies and sketches, and then executed onto canvas. Something important was missing. I began to make paintings with no formulated plan. I let the images emerge slowly or quickly out of the painting process itself. I began playing with color, line, texture, and shape. I embraced uncertainty as an essential element of creation.

My painting process is fluid and organic. I constantly make changes throughout the creation of a piece. I have no philosophy of painting other than to be open and responsive to the possibilities of the moment. Connecting with the present and finding the potential- this is what my work is about.

Bradley Wilson
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