The Cartoon Buffet Is At In-Town Gallery In July

Sunday, May 19, 2013
Blue Bill by Bradley Wilson
Blue Bill by Bradley Wilson

Whimsey and exaggeration will take center stage at In-Town Gallery for the month of July when artist-member Bradley Wilson presents The Cartoon Buffet. This collection of new work consists of paintings and drawings depicting dancers, birds, fish, cats, flowers and other subjects in a humorous manner. All will be introduced at the opening reception from 5-8 p.m. on the First Friday, July 5.

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Mr. Wilson said, “Increasingly, I am becoming more and more interested in taking a subject and stretching it, pulling it, squashing it, and generally twisting it up so that the overall effect surprises me. We’ve all seen countless paintings of dancers and birds. My goal as an artist is to take a familiar subject and play with it through exaggeration and distortion until it is presented as something unexpected and pleasing to myself, and hopefully to whomever sees it.”

Some of the pieces in The Cartoon Buffet also suggest a narrative that the viewers must figure out for themselves. In Mr. Wilson’s painting, Navigating Through Birds and Snakes, an elongated cat stretches across the canvas intertwined with a snake and surrounded by birds. There is an uneasy tension between the creatures in the painting. The viewer must wonder, “What is happening here? Is this just a painting of caricatured animals or is the artist suggesting some kind of story or message?”

“I like to personify animals and make humans look more primal," said Mr. Wilson.  "Sometimes my only motivation for creating a specific character is just for the fun of it. There is no meaning intended other than what the viewer brings to it.  His painting process is fluid and organic. He constantly makes changes throughout the creation of the piece. His philosophy of painting is to be open and responsive to the moment. “Connecting with the present and finding the potential - this is what my work is about.”

Mr. Wilson, 43, is a lifelong resident of Chattanooga. He received degrees in painting from UTC (BFA 1994) and the University of Mississippi (MFA 1997). He is the gallery/visual arts director of the Creative Arts Guild in Dalton. He resides with his wife, Mandy, seven dogs and one cat, Seeking to reach a wide range of collectors, his work varies from quick ink sketches on paper to large, multi-figured acrylics. His paintings, drawings, and sculptures are in many private and corporate collections in the United States and Europe. He has exhibited in galleries and museums across the southeast.

For more information call 267-9214, visit www.intowngallery.com or www.facebook.com/intowngallery.

Navigating Birds and Snakes by Bradley Wilson
Navigating Birds and Snakes by Bradley Wilson

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