Jenny Wilson: Natural Abstraction


July 31-August 28, 2021 • 11:00AM-5:00PM • Free

The Allegany Arts Council and its Saville Gallery are pleased to welcome artist Jenny Wilson for a solo exhibition to take place July 31-August 28, 2021.

About the Artist

Jenny Wilson was born in New York, New York in 1958.  She studied art at the High School of Art and Design in Manhattan and was a freelance graphic designer and commercial artist for several years.  She changed course and earned her Master of Music Degree at West Virginia University and is a full- time jazz and classical performing musician.  Her group the Jenny Wilson Trio can be heard in many varied venues in the Mid-Atlantic region.  Encouraged by Robby Moore, currently Director of the Beckley Arts Center she was juried into Tamarack Center for the Arts and has been painting along with her flourishing music career ever since. Jenny was the art teacher at the Community School in Camden, Maine and more recently at the Morgantown Learning Academy in West Virginia.  Jenny has developed creative arts programs for the city parks in Morgantown, West Virginia.  She has received awards in national and regional juried shows and has paintings in corporate headquarters as well as many private collections. Jenny has studios in Chevy Chase, MD and in Morgantown, WV.  She is currently showing works in exhibits in Silver Spring, MD and Wheeling, WV, and will participate in group and solo shows for 2020 and 2021.

Artist Statement

My paintings are best described as contemporary landscape or contemporary abstract.  Passion for color and texture are what excite me about painting.  I am informed by my musical knowledge; gradations of tone color, balance, tension and release, and rhythm all play into how I compose a painting. Painting allows me to stop time, to make choices in slow motion, and to experience the art of composing in a whole new way

I try to incorporate marks that allude to the structure of the piece and that give some architecture to the image.  Layering paint is also an important to my process.  I will activate the blank canvas with bold strokes that give me a structure to play upon.  I often view painting as music unwinding itself and coming to a visual conclusion.

My initial impetus to begin painting was to enjoy color and that is still a primary focus of much of my painting. My work is becoming looser and freer as I realize the risk- reward that comes with experimentation and playfulness. The evolution of my painting has been a slow and steady progression from mono-chromaticism and repetitive pattern making using mono-printing techniques to passionate explosions of color, employing various tools and brushwork. Giving people hope and joy during the summer of a pandemic has lent an intensity and a sense of urgency to my work.

A Public Opening will take place Saturday, July 31, 2021, from 6:00PM-8:00PM. The public is invited and the event is free to attend.

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