Wilson's love affair with exotic textiles started as a young art student
studying the "Old Masters" such as Peter Paul Rubens,
Rembrandt, and van Dyck, as well as many of the great Italian masters
like Michelangelo and Leonardo. While emulating these artists, Wilson
became fascinated with their ability to capture the metallic glint of
a button, or the intricate detail in the clothes worn by royalty in
their portraits. "From the very beginning of my career, I
have tried to incorporate beautiful textiles of this sort whenever the
opportunity arises," states the artist. In this striking
portrait, a young girl is wearing a traditional Japanese wedding kimono.
This kimono shows a repeating pattern of colorful peacocks with very
intricate embroidery, and even gold threads on the feathers. The bright
tangerine sash complements the colors of the kimono. The concept for
this image celebrates the Orientalist movement of Western painters
such as Whistler and Sargent, who were infatuated with kimonos and featured
them in their paintings.
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