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Artist Chris Wilson


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Biography


Photo: Chris Wilson installing monumental size "Midnight Watch" on campus of Kennesaw State University
 
Chris Wilson, founder and owner of Wilson Wildlife Sculpture, began his career over 40 years ago as a student of Creative, Able, and Committed – a magnet school of the arts program. His earliest mentors were talented wildlife artists – Marilynn Arn, an art instructor, and Gary Denzler, former head of the Bird’s of Prey Center at the Cincinnati Zoo. Mr. Denzler trained Chris to value close observation of his subject matter. As a teenager, Chris designed a large aviary in the purlieu of his family home in Atlanta where twelve beautiful waterfowl were conveniently available to Chris for close inspection and to aid in the refinement of his artwork. Chris was trained by several nationally known sculptors as a high school student before receiving his Bachelors Degree in Art from Kennesaw State University in 1994 and his Masters of Fine Arts Degree in sculpture from Georgia State University in 2001. Chris continued to enhance his craftsmanship, form, and concepts as a professor of art for over seven years. Today, Wilson Wildlife Sculpture is his exclusive focus. His training and attention to detail have culminated in 98 best of show awards; among them include Best of Show in 3D and People’s Choice Award at the Nature Works Art Show in 2014 and 2018. Chris’ work is inspired by nature. The beauty of birds and their ability to fly captivates him. In 2001, Chris traced the journey of his ancestor, William Bartram, through parts of the Southeast. Bartram – America’s first naturalist artist – was the first to describe many birds, plants, and animals. Wildlife, such as a great blue heron, ancient stand of trees, and primeval wilderness overwhelmed Chris with a spiritual feeling; others can experience this emotion through Chris’ fervent sculptures. In a statement by Chris, he states, “I have been blessed with a talent that I love sharing with others, and I aspire to create one-of-a-kind sculptures that can be enjoyed [...]

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