Randall Wilson

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Growing up in Denver, Wilson spent much of his time with his Hispanic grandmother in northern New Mexico. There, in his grandmother’s adobe home Wilson began woodcarving at the age of nine. Like many young artists, Wilson, eager to leave behind his traditional artistic practices, would embrace a more global aesthetic, turning his attention and practice to industrial design.
His return to New Mexico in 2014 would prompt him back again to his early artistic experiences and material forms. Wilson’s recent works are crafted from local cottonwood trees. Harkening to New Mexico’s long standing retablos, bultos, santos and viga artisans, Wilson explores craftsmanship and simplistic beauty in large wood slabs and blocks. Carving, incising and painting the wood, Wilson delivers a fresh and contemporary voice to the traditional medium.