Jane Wilson

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Blue Dawn, 2009
Oil on canvas, 40 x 60 inches

Jane Wilson

Artist Biography

Considered one of the country’s leading landscape painters, Jane Wilson was born on April 29, 1924 in Seymour, Iowa. She is a graduate of the University of Iowa, where she received her BA in painting in 1945 and her MA in painting in 1947. Wilson moved to New York City in 1949.

Jane Wilson’s first solo exhibition was in 1953 as a charter member of the legendary Hansa Gallery, one of New York’s first co-operative galleries. Wilson went on to have some fifty solo shows throughout the country, thirty of them in New York City in association with the Tibor de Nagy Gallery, Graham Gallery and Fischbach Gallery. Her most recent solo museum exhibitions were presented at the Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington, New York in 2001 and The McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas, Texas in 2003 and DC Moore Gallery in 2007.

Jane Wilson is represented in many major private and corporate collections and is in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Hirshhorn Museum of Art and Sculpture Garden, the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City, Missouri, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

A recipient of many awards and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Wilson has said of her work,

“My landscapes are not painted on-site or from photographs.
They come out of my mind...out of my bones, really. I seek to
capture what it feels like to be there, on a strip of land or sand.
I move into a kind of recall about season, climate, time of day.
It’s what I call ‘muscular recall’...the sense of temperature and
humidity...the wavering weight of the sky. All this motivates me,
defines selections, as I begin to paint.”

Jane Wilson makes her home in New York City and Water Mill, Long Island.

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Never the Same Twice

Mar 17 - Apr 30, 2011


Jun 11 - Aug 7, 2009

Jane Wilson

Jan 5 - Feb 10, 2007

Selected Press

Review: Jane Wilson at 90: East Village/East End

October 30, 2014

Review: Jane Wilson at 90: East Village/East End

October 18, 2014

Staff Picks: Jane Wilson at 90: East Village/East End

October 17, 2014

The Soul of the Sky, By Edward M. Gomez

Art and Antiques, March 2012

Spanish Vogue November 2011

Artnews, March 2007

Art in America, September 2007

Interview with Mimi Thompson

BOMB 37/Fall 1991