Evan Wilson was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He attended the prestigious North Carolina School of the Arts, and the Maryland Institute College of Art, where he met his lifelong mentor, Joseph Sheppard, an internationally acclaimed realist painter in the Old World tradition. After college, Wilson studied at the Schuler School of Fine Arts in Baltimore and in Florence, Italy.
For nearly twenty-five years, Wilson has worked as a professional artist in the venerable realist tradition, evolving a painting style that acknowledges the past while capturing the present. Remaining true to his mission to bring realist painting back into the forefront of American art, Wilson displays the technical skill, confidence and bravura that is the result of years of international study. Whether he is painting an interior scene, a portrait or a still life, Wilson achieves a magnificent level of verisimilitude. He demonstrates an exquisite paint-handling ability; his rich color palette and talent for capturing light unite to striking effect. He has been praised for his masterful control of light and shadow, beautifully depicting their effects on figures and objects. The realism of his interior scenes is heightened by the sparkling reflection on silver pitcher, or by a rectangle of light across a table as it streams from an unseen window. His portraits reveal a personal, un-idealized expression of his subjects. They exude a sensual quality, often featuring figures dressed in or reclining upon sumptuous fabrics so meticulously rendered the viewer can almost feel the texture, sense their opulence. Wilson’s paintings are an invitation to dive into the beauty of the world he depicts.