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STEPHEN WILSON/PUNK ME TENDER


STEPHEN WILSON

While maintaining a uniquely Americana aesthetic, Stephen Wilson's internationally renowned work blends a high fashion influence with traditional quilting and mixed media. He is influenced by contemporary art, pop art, street art, graffiti and iconography, as well as traditional quilting and handicrafts. Collected by art enthusiasts worldwide, his pieces have also been featured in both solo and group exhibitions, as well as museum shows. 

For Stephen, the medium is the message. There is a long list of artists that create art using traditional means. However, Stephen's methodology is anything but traditional. Represented in his Luxury Series, the medium used is predominantly fabric and thread, combined with sculptural 3D printing, laser engraving, and painting. Heavily influenced by famous fashion houses, Stephen utilizes luxury textiles from a myriad of famed design houses, including Hermès silks and Chanel wools, amongst others. When one examines his pieces closely, they will notice that every line he creates uses thread to embellish or transform these luxurious fabrics. Stephen's works are meant to evoke questions regarding luxury consumerism. 

In Stephen's Shine a Light When It's Gray Out, the artist works with mixed media elements, such as 3D printed busts and skulls, embroidered butterflies, flowers, and gold leaf. Inspired by the recent birth of his now 16-month-old daughter, this series is thematically centered around hope and love. For Stephen, these works are meant to be a light in the dark, as well as a symbol of perseverance, in Stephen's words, "for ourselves, for our children, for all children." 

Each piece is unique and expertly crafted in his Charlotte, North Carolina studio.

PUNK ME TENDER

The mysterious artist Punk Me Tender is known for his very graphic, raw form of art. Inspired by women, fashion, and style, his art offers a new look on the female body, claiming that desire is the biggest drive in everybody’s soul.

Born in France on September 4th, 1982, the artist came to Los Angeles to pursue his dreams. Whether it is art in the form of graffiti, a mural, or photography, his works are always a surprise and unexpected. Like many artists, Punk Me Tender doesn’t have a strategy for his art. He only acts based on instinct and doesn’t follow any rules. Much of his photography has themes of sensuality and wanting.

His murals show women in varied color schemes and are a sensation.  His mixed media pieces utilize black and white photography, bright splashes of pinks and blues, and incorporate real pieces of clothing. The artist maintains that a mix of graffiti and fabric is an original approach that never fails to intrigue and captivate the viewer.

His identity is kept secret in order to maintain freedom and express himself as he desires. When interviewed he uses a surrogate, such as a model, to speak for him. The artist sees women as heroes and has a deep passion for them.

Last September, Punk Me Tender had his extravagant first solo show in Los Angeles at the historical Beckett mansion.

Earlier Event: March 15
MATTHEW METZGER/DAVID BURDENY
Later Event: June 21
TYLER SHIELDS OPENING