I am a painter living in Chicago, IL and Door County, WI. I am interested in the graphic interplay of organic positive and negative spaces, lights and darks, transparency and opacity found in nature. My work is primarily abstract evolving from representative images found in nature. I work in oils, gouache, pastels and mixed media usually in a square format which emphasizes the abstract quality of the work. I like the versatility of these various media. I particularly enjoy when the work embarks on a surprising direction of its own as I’m making it. This improvisational dialogue with the painting is particularly rewarding. Continually experimenting with and learning new techniques in workshops with other artists fuels my practice and keeps it ‘fresh’. Brilliant color, fluidity and gestural mark making are important to me in my current body of work.
EDUCATION School of the Art Institute of Chicago/B.F.A. Boston University School of Law/J.D. Harvard University/B.A.
SELECTED EXHIBITIONS AND AWARDS 2005 to present- Biennial Arts Club of Chicago Visual Artist Members Exhibition, Chicago, IL 2008 Juried Annual Exhibition, Miller Art Museum, Sturgeon Bay, WI 2008 Juried Group Art Show, Artropolis, Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL 2003 Three Artist Group Show, Madeira School, McLean, VA 2001 & 2003 Nippon Steel/USA School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) Presidential Awards Competition, Chicago, IL 2003 Juried Group Show, 13th Annual Midwest Winter Exhibition, Center for the Visual Arts, Wausau,
WI RESIDENCIES AND WORKSHOPS Studied with Wolf Kahn, Grace Knowlton, Lois Dodd, Gregory Botts Vermont Studio Center, VT; Anderson Ranch, CO; Rock Gardens, ME Studied with various other artists at the Evanston Art Center, IL and the Peninsula School of Art, WI.
Shop Evanston Made: Keven Wilder