Schmidt Bingham Gallery
Is John Wilde a surrealist? A magic realist? Does it matter? Something deeper, and closer to home, matters more. But the deeper you go, the stranger home feels.
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Wilde has concocted an admittedly bizarre and enigmatic world over a long career as one of the most esteemed and widely collected artists to ever come out of Wisconsin. (Kevin Lynch, "The Capital Times," 12/8/99)
John Wilde, now in his 80s, brings inspired color and fresh energy to his new work. With the technique of an early Renaissance master, Wilde paints jewel toned color with thin glazes of oil on panel. Under each painting are the precise contours of a silverpoint drawing. Luminous surfaces of gold leaf and radiant pigment create the backdrop for trompe l'oeil detail.