Edward’s art is a spiritual experience, imagery with such luminous light and aura to it that it refuses to be captured in a photograph. His colors are sepias, ambers and the warmest golds of sunsets – against the dark, murky depth of our world’s underbelly. Seeing his work in person hooked me – classical masterpieces of mood, physics and unearthly delights. Edward is not only a master painter but an accomplished sculptor as well – he shares some of his thoughts here with grateful Eclectix.
“Wilcox uses glazes, paint removers and a sepia palette to construct glossy memento moris such as substance-abusing young blonds and Neutras flambés. Playing off the lurid Gothic Romantic style, Wilcox says his works, like the movement he references, rebuke and seduce…” – Mindy Farrabee, Los Angeles Times
My favorite art memory from my childhood is…
My first, most impressionable memory has to be my kindergarten art teacher – Mrs. Tatem demonstrating to me how when painting a portrait you must always begin with the eyes of the subject. Then you simply fill the surrounding area with the rest of the figure! I liken that strategy to my father’s equally fascinating advice for carving a wooden Indian.
“Simply carve away anything that does not look like an Indian.”
My interest in art / painting started …
It was probably my learning disabilities that led me to an interest in art. As a small boy, my parents did a stellar job convincing me that I was a genius and that my severe dyslexia and slight autism were signs that my mind worked in special and mysterious ways. I had an acute grasp of creative processes probably due to the fact that by comparison I didn’t understand much else.
I am often inspired and motivated by…
Things I do not understand, by that I mean emotional responses such as fear or dread, love and death, sentamentality and faith. Concepts that we all experience yet are not always rational. We are spiritual creatures that our lower animal is at constant odds with or so it seems.
If I could spend the day with any artist (dead or alive) it would be…
And we would….
Well actually, I already have. When I worked for a gallery on Palm Beach years ago I had the amazing opportunity to spend the day with Robert Raushenberg and John Chamberlin. I will never forget the scene of those two getting high in the back of the Mercedes and playing the harmonica all over town. Robert had polished off half a bottle of Jack before noon, he was like the Hemingway of painters.
The tip or art technique (a specific tidbit of craft, advice or mechanical expertise) that has helped me the most is ….
A lack of fear when approaching a new challenge, knowing that there is no wrong way in art!
If I could own one piece of art, out of the world’s collections, it would be …
My favorite piece of my own art is…
I would probably have to say the ”Adam and Eve Altarpiece”. (below)
It was an ambitious work of sculpture that took years of tinkering. The subject matter as well. The perfect metaphor for the plight of humanity. Man’s ability to choose, whether it’s right or wrong, everything has consequences.
The last song I choose to listen to was…
Last Night by Moby
My ultimate project or fantasy is …
To build a totally functional High Gothic wind mill with living quarters.
The last book I couldn’t put down was ….
Complete Works of Breughel
My favorite word is …
A lot has been written about your style and the vintage patina your works have. What is the best link about the technical process you go thru to attain it?
What inspired or led to this “look” to your works?
How did it evolve?
My exposure to some of the mansions of Palm Beach as a child was perhaps the beginning of the journey. Then several trips to Europe followed and sealed the deal. I site the whole “beauty of decay” thing. Nostalgia, they say, is a denial of the present and its attributes. Perhaps its a common myth that we all like to share, that the past was somehow better than things are now. Da Vinci was accused, as I am, of being a bit of an antiquarian, in the sense of making things appear older than they are. I find comfort in the practice somehow.
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