LeRone Wilson

ARTIST STATEMENT

My Work represents a medley of different textures that stimulate the senses, making the art not just a thing of beauty to be admired from a distance, but something we can feel connected to through the expression of touch.  It’s a way of revealing an image without actually being able to control it, letting it come about itself.

The work varies in shapes with 1 to 4 inches of wax built up on the surface.  Their elegant abstract details invoke minimalist historical references that are surprisingly compelling.  The results are unrecognizable surfaces that encourage kind of curiosity as to their function as paintings.

Minimalism can be defined as the perfection that an artifact achieves when it is no longer possible to improve it by subtraction.  This is the quality I want to achieve with the texture of the encaustic. Every component, every detail and every function has been reduced or condensed to the essential.  The simplicity of my work explores the possibility of working creatively without disrupting the purity of the material.

MY PROCESS

I create my work by first melting a mixture of encaustic, carnuba wax, resin and powder pigment, which I then make all 1 solvent. I apply, to the panel with an assortment of palette knives to build up the surface then fuse each layer with heat. After the wax is completely hardened, I use carving tools that I created to make specific patterns into the wax.   The process is very physical, time consuming and extremely detailed. The result is a minimal, translucent and highly texturized surface that fully engages all of the senses.

BIO

LeRone Wilson is a sculptor and painter living and working in New York. His primary medium is encaustic, the oldest form of painting, used by the ancient Egyptians to fuse hieroglyphics. His sculpted encaustic paintings explore the complexities of the historical and cultural inferences of spirituality, history and identity.

A finalist for the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award and winner of Best in Show for the Carroll Harris Sims Award, Wilson has shown in galleries around the country, including Rush Arts, Kim Foster, White Box and G.R. N'Namdi in New York and Chicago; the Scope Art Fair Miami; Cutlog Art Fair, New York; and SPRING/BREAK Art Show. He won the 2011 Bombay Sapphire Artisan Award, given during Art Basel Miami week, beating out 4,000 artists from across the country.

His works have also appeared in live auctions and shows at Phillips DePury and in museum shows, including the Museum of Biblical Art in New York and the African American Museum in Dallas.

CV

Born 1968

EDUCATION

1994        University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Art and Design, BFA 

Select Solo Exhibitions

2018       At the Breakwater Art Basel, Miami New York

SPRING/BREAK Art Show, New York, NY, MDW NTCHR: Divine Words by Divine Beings (Curated by Alaina Simone and Valerie Wilson)

2017       405 Park Avenue, New York, NY, LeRone Wilson, Artist in Residence with presentation at Phillips Auction 

               SPRING/BREAK Art Show, New York, NY, Ancestral Hive (Curated by Katya Valevich)

                JPlus Gallery, New York, NY, Pouring Surfaces

2016        Gallery Nine5, New York, NY, Universal Journey, (Curated by Amanda Uribe)

2012        Rush Arts Gallery, New York, NY, Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series Winner Exhibition

2011        Sascha Finelli Gallery, New York, NY, LeRone Wilson

2000        Samuel Akainyah Gallery, Chicago, IL, Eruption (Curated by Samuel Akainuyah)

1998        Gallery 312, Chicago, IL, You See My View Twice

1992        Spices Gallery, Chicago, IL, LeRone Wilson

                  Spencer Gallery, Chicago, IL, LeRone Wilson

                  Kent Law School, Chicago, IL, LeRone Wilson

Select Group Exhibitions

2019 Chase Edwards Gallery, New York, New Artist Showcase

2018       Opera Gallery, London, England, New Artist Showcase

                Opera Gallery, Paris, France, New Artist Showcase

2017       Maddox Gallery, London, England, Summer Group Show

2016        Maddox Gallery, London, England, Winter Retrospective

  Jim Kempner Gallery, Summer Group Show

Maddox Gallery, London, England, Summer Group Show

Rush Arts Gallery, New York, NY, Medium: Black (Curated by Charlotte Mouquin)

2015        Gallery Nine5, New York, NY, Wild (Curated by Maureen Chung)

                  Flux Art Fair, New York, NY (Curated by Leanne Stella, Danny Simmons)

2014        Long Gallery, New York, NY Escape (Curated by Lewis Long)

Yellow Brick Loft Pop Up, New York, NY, A Night of Art in East Harlem. Also featuring Cullen Washington, Geoffrey Holder, Ernie Bynum, Helene Award

Art in Flux New York, NY, Black and White

                  Long Gallery, Cutlog Art Fair, New York, NY

Rush Arts Gallery, New York, NY, Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series

                  Harlem Biennale, New York, NY

                  Gallery Guichard, Chicago, IL, Genesis               

2013 Museum of Biblical Art, New York, NY, Ashe to Amen: African Americans and Biblical Art (Curated by Dr. Leslie Hammons)                

Heath Gallery, New York, NY, 6 x 6

Rush Arts, Scope Miami, The Masters

2011        Scope Miami, Miami, FL, Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series

                  Rush Arts, New York, NY, Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series

                  H.O.A.S.T, New York, NY

2010        Phillips DePury, New York, NY, Now Contemporary Auction Show

                  Red Rooster Harlem, New York, NY

2009        Kim Foster Gallery, New York, NY, Overlay

2008        Phillips DePury, New York, NY, Staff Show

2007        G.R. N'Namdi Gallery, East Hampton, NY, Forms of Abstraction

                  G.R. N'Namdi Gallery, New York, NY, Affordable Art Fair

                  G.R. N'Namdi Gallery, New York, NY, Forms of Abstraction

                  G.R. N'Namdi Gallery, Chicago, IL, Forms of Abstraction

                  G.R. N'Namdi Gallery, Chicago, IL, Seven Voices, Seven Views  

2006        Kim Foster Gallery, New York, NY, Menagerie

                  Bank of New York, New York, NY

                  G.R. N'Namdi Gallery, New York, NY, National Black Art Show     

Kankeleeba Gallery, New York, NY

2005        Esquire Downtown at Astor Place, New York, NY, Jennifer Post Design/Calvin Klein          

Kim Foster Gallery, New York, A Tasting

2003        Art Expo Chicago, Chicago, IL 

2003        Union Pacific Restaurant, New York, NY

                  Kankeleba Gallery, New York, NY, National Black Art Show 

                  White Box Gallery, New York, NY, Five Sublime (curated by Alisoun Meehan)

2002        A Taste of Art, New York, NY, Sugar Craze

                  Dining Haul: Sweets, New York, NY

                  Blackbird Restaurant, Chicago, IL

                  Blackbird Artist Series

2000        Fassbender Gallery, Chicago, IL, Group Show

                  ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL

                  ARC Gallery Regional VII 

                  900 Century Gallery, Chicago, IL, Emerging Artists Showcase

1999        African American Museum, Dallas, TX, Nineteenth Carroll Harris Simms National Black Art Competition

                  and Exhibition

1993        Spin Gallery, Chicago, IL

AUCTIONS

2010        Phillips DePury, “NOW: Art of the 21st Century”

 

AWARDS

2012        Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series, Overall National Winner, Scope Miami

2003        Nominee, 2003 Louis Comfort Tiffany Biennial Award, New York, NY

2000        Honorable Mention, ARC Gallery Regional VII, Chicago, IL

1999        Best In Show, Nineteenth Carroll Harris Simms National Black Art Competition

 

SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY

Artnet, Don’t Miss These Unbelievable Installations at Spring/Break, Sarah Cascone, March 2017

Vice, The Spring/Break Art Fair SI Filled with Awesome and Weird Creative Works, Maggie Shannon, March 2017

No.3 Magazine, Waxing Eternal: Beeswax Sculptor LeRone Wilson bridges the ancient with the present; the spiritual with the physical, Sophie Baron, 2017

ArtNews, A tour of the 2017 Spring/Break Art Show, LeRone Wilson’s Ancestral Hive

W Magazine, Scenes of Madness from High Above Times Square at Spring/Break Art Fair, May, 2017

Sculpture Magazine, New Work: LeRone Wilson, gallery Nine 5, Jan Castro, November 2016

HyperAllergic, Finding Your Way Through the Flux Art Fair, Daniel Larkin, May 15, 2015

Harlem Bespoke, See: Flux Art Fair at the Corn Exchange, May 13, 2015

The Inaugural FLUX Art Fair and the new Harlem Renaissance, May 2015

Newsone, 10 Exciting Artists For An Art World In “Flux,” May 2016

Quiet Lunch, Flux Art Fair Artist Spotlight: LeRone B. Wilson, May 2016
Encaustic Arts Magazine (Cover Story), LeRone Wilson, Spring 2015

The Grio, “Art Basel Miami Winner Hails from Harlem to Show at Russell Simmons’ Gallery,” Alexis Garrett Stodghill, Dec 2011

WABC, “Unique Sculpture in Harlem,” Kemberly Richardson, Jan 2012

TimeOut NY, “Red Rooster Harlem,” March 2012

Art Daily, “Exhibition of New Works by Encaustic Artist LeRone Wilson on View at Gallery Nine5,”

WhiteHot Magazine, “The Inaugural FLUX Art Fair and the new Harlem Renaissance,” Leighana Waight, May 2015

Bleu Magazine, “ LeRone Wilson: Beeswax Artist Extraodinaire,” Andre Gray, September 2014

Associated Press, “NYC Artist Recognized for Hiss Beeswax Art,” Feb 9, 2012

Wall Street Journal, “NYC Artist Recognized for Hiss Beeswax Art,” Feb 10, 2012

The Essence of Light, Architectural Digest, 2009

A Place in the Clouds, Architectural Digest, 2007

MUSEUM/PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Museum of Biblical Art

African American Museum in Dallas

450 Park Avenue, Oxford Properties

SELECT PRIVATE COLLECTIONS

Jerry Speyer

Reginald Van Lee

Peggy Cooper Kafritz

Richelieu Dennis

Mary Boone

John Hannan

Michael Gross

Kate and Alexander Brodsky