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.
Stephen Wilson is a master level digitizer who has been creating embroidery designs and quilting patterns for over 20 years. He has worked in fashion, home décor, and traditional craft design. He has taught embroidery and quilting all around the country and is the recipient of numerous awards and accolades for his work in the embroidery industry. Wilson’s progression into fine arts was a natural evolution for this uniquely qualified artist. His work has since been represented internationally at galleries, museums and art fairs all over the world. Stephen is also a collaborative member of the Bechtler and Mint Museums in Charlotte, NC.
ABOUT THE WORK
Stephen’s internationally renowned work blends a high fashion influence, traditional quilting, and Americana aesthetic. His pieces have been included in solo gallery exhibitions, group exhibitions, and museum shows, and are collected by art enthusiasts worldwide. 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.
SELECTED MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS
2017 Coral Springs Museum of Art “New Acquisitions 2017” Coral Springs, FL
2017 Cornell Art Museum, “Fabricated: Contemporary Fiber Works” Delray Beach, FL 2016 Mint Museum, “80 x 80: An Art Show” Charlotte, NC
2017 “Americana”, Opera Carolina, Charlotte, NC
2017 “Americana”, Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York, NY
2017 Finalist, Sunny Art Prize, Sunny Art Centre, London
2017 Art Pampelonne, Saint Tropez
2017 Scope, New York
2016 Scope, Miami
WHEN ART MEETS FASHION
2017 - Our Place Boutique - Charlotte NC 2017 - Hampden - Charleston SC
2017 - Capitol - Charlotte NC
Hemby Children’s 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 Bulgarian National Gallery of Art, Sofia, Bulgaria - Opening 2018
2017 - The English Room - Passion for Fashion Feature - April 20th 2017
2017 - Bespoke Banter Blog - The New Gallery of Modern Art Presents Luxury By Stephen Wilson- May 14, 2017 2017 - The Scout Guide Charlotte, Volume 6.
2017 - Myers Park Magazine - Madelyn’s Fund Feature - April 2017 2017 - QC Exclusive - The Luxury issue - June 2017
2017 - Art Hive Magazine - Through the eye of the needle - Bruce Helander Summer 2017 2017 - Noteworthy- Stephen Wilson- July 26, 2017
2017 - Enigma Magazine- Stephen Wilson: A conceptual artist with a unique medium- August 2017
2017- JustLuxe Magazine - Artist Stephen Wilson Merges Fashion and Art with a Luxurious Twist - August 2017 2017 - Huffington Post - Fine artist Stephen Wilson transforms high-fashion boxes in
luxurious works of art - Samantha Matcovsky- September 2017 COMING TO PRESS SOON:
2017 - Bellus Magazine
2017 - Jennifer Sudul Edwards, The “American in Stephen’s Wilson’s Americana 2017 - Marisa Pascucci, Opulence Reclaimed
2017 - Bruce Helander, A Stitch In Time