Kevin James Wilson describes himself as a fine artist. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Art in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design. He worked professionally in Indianapolis from 1981 to 1998. He executed murals, portraits, airbrush and became proficient in computer graphics. He lived in Las Vegas, Nevada,
from 1998 until 2002 and worked as both a graphic and a fine artist. He exhibited his fine art in Caesar’s
Palace. In 2002 he returned to Indianapolis to continue his career in fine art and raise his two children.
His love for teaching kept him at the Indianapolis Art Center for twelve years, and he presently holds the position of Graphic Design Department Head at International Business College, where he is in his nineteenth year of teaching.
Drawing has always been his first love. The biggest influences on his artwork were Dorris E. Wilson (mother), Steven L. Wilson (brother), Demorris C. Smith (first cousin), Kay Clay (high school art teacher), Akira Arita (college drawing instructor) and the art of Norman Rockwell.
From the age of three, his favorite subject was people. Rockwell’s art became familiar to him when he was five years old. He loved seeing the magazine covers Rockwell would paint for a periodical his mother received once a month. Kevin always wanted to master portraits. He remembers drawing his first self portrait at eleven years of age.
In high school Mrs. Kay Clay encouraged Kevin to continue to polish his skills in drawing. She encouraged him to continue working with the subjects and media he enjoyed the most, and to submit a portfolio to the Rhode Island School of Design where he was awarded a full scholarship. When Kevin entered college, Akira Arita helped him take his drawing skill to an entire new level. Kevin knows it was Arita’s instruction that led him to believe he had an extraordinary gift, and he helped Kevin begin to perfect it.
It’s important to Kevin that his work has a message. The women who are present in his art are a symbol of everything that is beautiful to him. As long as God permits him to, he’ll create, and exhibit as well as sell his work nationally and internationally. Some of his clients have included The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, The Indianapolis Zoo, The Fox Network, and The Indianapolis Fire Department. Some of his exhibitions have included The Penrod Art Fair, The Broad Ripple Art Fair, Indiana Black Expo, The Hoosier Salon and The Indiana State Fair Professional Exhibition.
Kevin is a member of The Indianapolis Museum of Art, The Hoosier Salon Patrons Association and the Portait Society of America.
Kevin’s services as an artist include: murals, portraits, fine arts, and computer graphics. Kevin is skilled in media and programs such as: graphite pencils, colored pencils, airbrush, acrylics, oils, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe InDesign.
Kevin James Wilson is proud and pleased to add to his creative body of works, the newly completed white and black pencil on matte board piece titled, “Rhapsody”.
With over 50 hours of design, sketching concept, and drawing along with matting and framing the piece of art, “Rhapsody” jumps off the paper in an almost 3-deminsional appearance.
The reason for this is Kevin’s creative technique in using lights and shadows to create depth. Along with rendering the piece in the tight manner that is one of Kevin’s strengths, the final result is breathtaking.
It becomes so real, the sequins almost glitter in the right light and the microphone almost reverberates from the imagined singer’s voice.
Kevin has received much positive feedback from the drawings he’s created using white pencil. Rarely, even the most seasoned art connoisseur realizes at first glance the pieces are pencil drawn. Their realistic and unique appearance has grown admirers of all who see these in person.
Kevin’s plans are to add to this collection of white on black drawings. Subjects will vary, but his signature mastery of light and shadows will be evident and the focal point of each new piece. He can’t wait to get started on the next one, which he already sees in his mind...everyone else will just have to wait.
Kevin James Wilson Opens One-Man Art Exhibit at Chamber Of Commerce Building
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - June 2016/ Kevin James Wilson is pleased to announce his one-man art exhibition located at the Chamber of Commerce building’s main lobby floor, in downtown Indianapolis. The exhibition is comprised of a variety of works (22 in total) in the mediums of pencil, acrylic, oil, airbrush and mixed media. A grouping of seven works feature jazz musicians including Miles Davis, and local electronic violinist, Cathy Morris.
Included in the exhibition is Wilson’s commissioned piece for the Indianapolis Arts Council and Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s collaborative “Welcome Race Fans” project, celebrating the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500. He was one of 33 artists chosen for this project and his piece, “Pit Stop” traveled to a number of venues in the Indianapolis area for display during the month of May, 2016.
Wilson lives and creates his art in Indianapolis and has been an artist there for more than 30 years. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Art in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design. Regarding the opportunity to show his work in this one-man solo exhibition, Wilson said, “I am blessed and fortunate to have this opportunity to bring my work to the downtown area into a venue as well know as the Chamber of Commerce building. It is with much gratitude I thank owner Bo Elder for this chance to exhibit my work.”
Kevin Wilson’s artwork can be seen throughout the first floor at the Chamber of Commerce building, located at 320 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46204.
I have the expressed honor to be a participant in "A Century Of Speed" exhibition at Gallery 42, in downtown Indianapolis.
I created a piece expressly for this show in acrylics on canvas, titled, "Heat Of Indy".
About the Exhibition:
The exhibit, which runs 5/6 - 6/18, showcases racing-themed artworks by local, national and international artists in celebration of the historic 100th running of the Indianapolis 500.
Memorial Day weekend marks a historic occasion for the city of Indianapolis. In 1911, the inaugural running of the Indianapolis 500 began a racing tradition that has spanned more than 100 years. While 2011 marked the 100th anniversary of the race, due to two separate hiatuses for World Wars I & II, the 100th running of the Indy 500 will take place on Sunday, May 29th, 2016.
If you have an opportunity to be downtown during this year's 500 festivities, stop in at Gallery 42, located at 42 Washington St. Past and present meet to create an immersive and captivating experience in this stunning art gallery located in downtown Indianapolis’ oldest-surviving commercial building. Gallery 42
I was selected as one of 33 artists commissioned to create my vision of a "Welcome Race Fans" piece for the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500.
About the Project:
Welcome Race Fans: The Arts Celebrate the 100th Running is a collaborative project of the Arts Council of Indianapolis and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to connect visual art and artists to this historic race. One of the more familiar and iconic visuals associated with May in Indianapolis is the blanketing of the city with "Welcome Race Fans" signs and banners. The project builds upon and pays tribute to the annual tradition of Welcome Race Fans signs with original artwork created by Indiana artists.
33 artists have been commissioned to create their own version of the beloved Welcome Race Fans signs, using their own unique style and materials. The result is an infusion of different artistic voices and imagery to welcome the world to Indianapolis and celebrate the month of May.
Each sign is unique and represents the vast diversity of styles and artists in Indiana. The 33 original works of art have traveled central Indiana and were featured at the Indianapolis International Airport, the Indianapolis Artsgarden, community and cultural organizations, restaurants, hotels, galleries, businesses, and, of course, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
2016 Hoosier Salon, "Artmobilia" Exhibition, Carmel, IN
2016 Indiana State Fair Professional Exhibition, Honorable Mention, Indianaolis, IN
2016 - 92nd Annual Hoosier Salon Exhibition
2016 One-Man Exhibition, Chamber Of Commerce Building, 1st Floor, Indianapolis, IN
2016 Gallery 42, "A Century Of Speed" Exhibition, Indianapolis, IN
2016 "Welcome Race Fans" Exhibition, Indianapolis, IN
2016 Meridian Street Gallery, "Rythm & Blues", Indianapolis, IN
2015 Meridian Street Gallery, "Winter Joy & Gatherings", Indianapolis, IN
2015 Meridian Street Gallery, "Light Exhibition", Indianapolis, IN
2015 Meridian Street Gallery, "Reflections Exhibition", Indianapolis, IN
2015 Meridian Street Gallery, "Light Exhibition", Indianapolis, IN
2015 Meridian Street Gallery, "Beauty Exhibition", Indianapolis, IN
2015 Indiana State Fair Professional Exhibition, Indianapolis, IN
2015 Mayor Greg Ballard's Indiana Artists Showcase, Indianapolis, IN (2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010)
2014 - 2013 50th Anniversary Celebration of Clowes Hall, Butler University, Indianapolis, IN
2014 Mayor Greg Ballard's Indiana Artists Showcase, Indianapolis, IN (2013, 2012, 2011, 2010)
2012 One-Man Exhibition, Madame Walker Theatre, Indianapolis, IN
2011 - 2010 Flava Fresh, Indianapolis, IN
2011 100 Years Celebration of Indy Parks, Garfield Park, Indianapolis, IN
2010 Spotlight Art, Clowes Hall, Butler University, Indianapolis, IN
2010 Indiana State Fair Professional Exhibition, Indianapolis, IN
2009 Art & Soul Art Exhibition, Indianapolis, IN
2009 Indiana State Fair Professional Exhibition, Indianapolis, IN
2009 Black Pearls Art Exhibition, Garfield Park, Indianapolis, IN
2009 Dean Johnson Design, Group Exhibition, Indianapolis, IN
2008 Indiana State Fair Professional Exhibition, 2nd Place, Drawing, Indianapolis, IN
2008 Meet the Artists, Central Library, Indianapolis, IN (1997, 1996, 1988)
2008 Artists Emerge, online competition
2008 Critical Exchange, Indianapolis, IN
2008 Oranje Indy, Indianapolis, IN
2008 Irvington Presents, Irvington Historical Society, Indianapolis, IN
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