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 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.