Biography

Photo credit: Alex Chamberlain

 

Bio

Rob J Wilson grew up painting and drawing in the landscape of Southern Utah.  From an early age he honed his art skills and at fourteen received an apprenticeship with a gallery painter, confirming his dream of being an artist.  At eighteen he graduated summa cum laude with his BFA in Studio Art from Southern Utah University and went on to achieve his MFA in Figurative Painting from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.  Rob’s award winning work is exhibited nationally and collected internationally.  His work deals strongly with themes of identity and perception as he pushes boundaries to draw attention to themes of social justice.  He currently teaches art and design at Utah State University and is creating a new body of work which is a culmination of his talents, dedication, and artistic vision.

 

Artist Statement

A personal connection to identity and social justice is the foundation from which my work is built and I use various materials to explore a variety of connected themes.  Most recently my work has been exploring themes of feminism, gender, and iconoclasm in social constructs.

I am not a slave to medium or process but to creativity.  I follow my creative drive to juxtapose materials until I find a material process that most accurately conveys my intention, and that I enjoy working with.  Primarily I work in oil paint as it was the medium of my first introduction.  I think in terms of shape, value, and color instead of in linear or three dimensional constructs and find oil paint is generally though not always the medium best served for examining those themes I am passionate about.

 

Curriculum Vitae

Teaching

2016-2017 Adjunct Professor of Art, Utah State University, Logan UT

2013-2017 Adjunct Professor of Art, Dixie State University, St. George UT

2015 Oil Portrait Workshop, St George UT

2014 Watercolor Workshop, St George UT

2014 Oil Painting Workshop, St. George UT

 Education

2013 MFA, Figurative Painting, Academy of Art University, San Francisco CA

2010 BFA, summa cum laude, Studio Arts, Southern Utah University, Cedar City UT

 Exhibitions

2017 Group Exhibition, “Concatenation,” Tippetts Gallery, Logan UT

2017 Group Exhibition, “Fall Salon,”  Logan Fine Arts Gallery, Logan UT

2017 Representation, J Arts gallery, St George UT

2017 Solo Exhibition, “Spoils,” Olive Esplin Gallery, St George UT

2016 Group Exhibition, “Faculty Show 2016,” Utah State University, Logan UT

2016 Group Exhibition, “Faculty Showcase,” Dixie State University, St George UT

2016 Group Exhibition, “Go Out and Play,” Sears Museum Gallery, St George UT

2016 Group Exhibition, Honorable Mention, “Sears Invitational,” Sears Museum Gallery, St George UT

2015 Group Exhibition, “Faculty Showcase,” Dixie State University, St George UT

2015 Solo Exhibition, “Every Person has a Story,” Olive Esplin Gallery, St George UT

2015 Group Exhibition, “Art Department Showcase,” Dixie State University, St George UT

2015 Group Exhibition, “One x One,” Sears Museum Gallery, St George UT

2015 Solo Exhibition, “Life Refracted,” Eccles Grand Hall Gallery, St George UT

2015 Solo Exhibition, “Art in Harmony,” The DiFiore Center for Arts and Education, St George UT

2015 Group Exhibition, Honorable Mention, “Sears Invitational,” Sears Museum Gallery, St George UT

2014 Solo Exhibition, “Spectral Nocturne,” The DiFiore Center for Arts and Education, St George UT

2014 Group Exhibition, “Faculty Showcase,” Dixie State University, St George UT

2014 Group Exhibition, “Southern Utah Art Guild,” Red Cliff Gallery, St George UT

2014 Group Raisonne, “Williams Prize in Drawing: Exhibiting Artist,” Simsbury CT

2014 Group Exhibition, “Recent Acquisitions,” Sears Museum Gallery, St George UT

2014 Group Exhibition, “Art Department Showcase,” Dixie State University, St. George UT

2014 International Group Exhibition, “Artful Orchestra,” Gateway Academy, Cedar City UT

2013 Group Exhibition, “Spiritual and Religious,” Springville Museum of Art, Springville UT

2013 International Group Exhibition, Norbertellen Gallery, Los Angeles CA

2012 Group exhibition, “Spiritual and Religious,” Springville Museum of Art, Springville UT

2011 Solo Exhibition, “Wind and Water,” National Forest Service, Bryce Canyon UT

2011 Group Exhibition Award of Merit, “Everett Ruess Days Plein Air Festival,” Escalante UT

2010-2011 Group Exhibition, “Apple Frame Gallery Representation,” Bountiful UT

2010 Group Exhibition, “Zion National Park Art Invitational­,” Springdale UT

2010 Group Exhibition, “Invitational Figure Drawing,” Cedar City UT

2010 Group Exhibition, “Rogue Gallery,” Cedar City UT

2010 Group Exhibition Award of Merit, “Everett Ruess Plein Air Festival,” Escalante UT

2009 Group Exhibition, “Parowan Gap: God’s Own House,” Cedar City UT

2009 Group Exhibition, “Everett Ruess Days Plein Air Festival,” Escalante UT

2008 Group Exhibition, “The Southern Utah Plein Air Society,” Cedar City UT

2008 Group Exhibition, “Everett Ruess Days Plein Air Festival,” Escalante UT

2008 Group Exhibition, “Zions: A Creative Response,” St Geroge, Zion National Park, Salt Lake City UT

2006 Group Exhibition Jury’s Choice Award, “Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery,” Cedar City UT

 Collections

2016 Yosemite National Park, Yosemite Village CA

2014 Yosemite National Park, Yosemite Village CA

2014 Sears Museum Gallery, St George UT

2014 The DiFiore Center, St George UT

2013 Bryce Canyon National Park, Bryce Canyon, UT

2012-2014 Equality Utah, St George UT

2012 Public Murals, Yuma AZ

2010 Public Murals, Hurricane UT

 Bibliography

2017 Huffington Post, “The Male Muse”

2017 Poets and Artists Magazine, February Issue

2015 St George Magazine, “40 Under 40″

2014 Art 1010: Introduction to Art, Dixie State University

2012 Strokes of Genius 4: Exploring Line, North Light Books

2010 Southwest Artist’s Magazine, “In The Footsteps of Thomas Moran”

2008-2009 Kolob Canyon Review

 Lectures

2015 “Life Refracted,” World Peace Gardens, St George UT

2015 “Building Community Through Arts,” The Business of Art, Kanab UT

2014 “Plein Air: A Living Tradition,” The Business of Art, Kanab UT

2014 “Art Marketing,” The DiFiore Center for Arts and Education, St George UT

2010 “Distinguished Graduate,” Southern Utah University, Cedar City UT

2010 “Plein Air Painting,” Southern Utah University, Cedar City UT

 Professional Affiliations

2014-2015 Utah Mural Arts Foundation, Director

2014-2015 Washington County Art Council, Board

2014-2015 The Utah Division of Arts and Museums, Change Leader

2014-2015 Plein Air Southern Utah, Chairman

2014-2015 Southern Utah Art Guild, Board

2011-2012 Oil Painters of America

2007-2010 The Southern Utah Plein Air Society, President