Visual Arts

GALLERY FIVE20

Bradley & Mandy Wilson: Creative Partners

Mandy & Bradley Wilson have been creative partners since 1999.  And although we have had countless discussions advising each other regarding our creative work, we have rarely shared in the actual “making” of art together.  When we have, it has been a fun process, but the end result is not always so great.  In the few pieces we have collaborated on for our November exhibit at the Creative Arts Guild, we tried a different approach.  Basically, Bradley would give Mandy some “cursed canvases” (Canvases on which multiple paintings had been attempted but never turned out.) Then Mandy would alter them by cutting, wearing, stitching, and collaging on them.  Finally, we would get back together to see if anything else was needed to be done to them.  We probably attempted ten works this way with about a one-third success rate.  What the end pieces may be, it was an enjoyable and worthwhile experiment. As far as a joint exhibit together, this one is our very first.  It is our hope that you enjoy this exhibition and find at least one or two pieces that speak to you.  If that is the case, then we consider the exhibit  success.

About Bradley Wilson:
Bradley Wilson was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee in 1970. He received degrees in painting from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (BFA, 1994) and the University of Mississippi (MFA, 1997). His paintings, drawings and sculptures are in many private and corporate collections across the United States and Canada. He has exhibited in galleries and museums regionally and nationally.  

Wilson teaches studio art and art history at Lee University, Dalton State Collge and conducts regular painting workshops at the John C. Campbell Folk School, as well as other venues.

About Mandy Wilson:
Mandy Wilson is a quilter, sculptor and mixed media artist living in East Tennessee. She graduated in 2003 from the University of North Alabama with a degree in Art Education and Photography. She has continued to further her artistic education by taking numerous workshops across the southeast.

Her work has been featured in regional and national juried shows, and was twice been selected as a finalist in the American Quilter’s Society show in Paducah, Kentucky. She currently teaches visual art, photography and sculpture at Walker Valley High School and mixed media at Lee University.