BIOGRAPHY

BIOGRAPHY

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Durham-based public artist, David Wilson, was born and raised in Clarksburg, WV, and obtained his BFA from Hampton University. While at Hampton, he received tutelage in the creation of public art under muralist, John Biggers and Africobra artist, James Philips. A primary driver in his public works is creation for interpretation by all with an overall goal to foster introspection, communication, and provide a platform for education.

Wilson employs his background in design, sculpture, and public art, to create site-specific work that explores the social, historical, and functional context of the site as well as the architectural and urban phenomology of the space.

 

Through collaboration, he embraces his role as a creative facilitator that helps shape an understanding on how art connects with community as an urban space and how its territory, trajectories, and interpretations combine to separate it from surrounding non-urban environments. He is comfortable with a wide variety of materials and methods and has successfully completed projects incorporating landscaping, lighting, sculpture, glass, stone, text and interactivity. Additionally, he has worked closely with architects, urban planners, and design and construction professionals, and community members on a number of successful multi-disciplinary projects.

 

Wilson has served as Lead Artist for multiple projects in Durham, Charlotte, Raleigh and Gastonia. He's created highly polished stainless steel sculptures and monumental murals. He also merges his art + design skills with technology to create mobile applications for museums, galleries and cultural centers that allow the public to become more immersed in their experience and interaction with art.

 

Wilson's fine artwork paintings and mixed media collage has been featured in ESSENCE and UPSCALE magazines and notable collectors of his work include Princeton University, Oprah Winfrey, Actor/Musician COMMON, Henry Louis Gates, Dr. Cornel West, and actors, Phylicia Rashad, and Ruby Dee.

 

Wilson is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated.

Durham-based public artist, David Wilson, was born and raised in Clarksburg, WV, and obtained his BFA from Hampton University. While at Hampton, he received tutelage in the creation of public art under muralist, John Biggers and Africobra artist, James Philips. A primary driver in his public works is creation for interpretation by all with an overall goal to foster introspection, communication, and provide a platform for education.

Wilson employs his background in design, sculpture, and public art, to create site-specific work that explores the social, historical, and functional context of the site as well as the architectural and urban phenomology of the space.

 

Through collaboration, he embraces his role as a creative facilitator that helps shape an understanding on how art connects with community as an urban space and how its territory, trajectories, and interpretations combine to separate it from surrounding non-urban environments. He is comfortable with a wide variety of materials and methods and has successfully completed projects incorporating landscaping, lighting, sculpture, glass, stone, text and interactivity. Additionally, he has worked closely with architects, urban planners, and design and construction professionals, and community members on a number of successful multi-disciplinary projects.

 

Wilson has served as Lead Artist for multiple projects in Durham, Charlotte, Raleigh and Gastonia. He's created highly polished stainless steel sculptures and monumental murals. He also merges his art + design skills with technology to create mobile applications for museums, galleries and cultural centers that allow the public to become more immersed in their experience and interaction with art.

 

Wilson's fine artwork paintings and mixed media collage has been featured in ESSENCE and UPSCALE magazines and notable collectors of his work include Princeton University, Oprah Winfrey, Actor/Musician COMMON, Henry Louis Gates, Dr. Cornel West, and actors, Phylicia Rashad, and Ruby Dee.

 

Wilson is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated.