The Last Beast in the Sky
Featuring the work of Kevin M. Wilson
Sept. 9-Oct. 3, 2022
Statement from the Artist
I have had a casual interest in animal science since childhood. As a boy, I spent many hours drawing creatures as bizarre as the ‘Streaked Tenrec’ and as elegant as the ‘Bohemian waxwing’ -- all copied from my 1984 Macmillan Illustrated Animal Encyclopedia. It wasn’t until 2015, however, that I took a deeper dive into birding and experienced some of these creatures off the page.
Witnessing the striking colors and behavior of the birds that inhabit or migrate through Missouri first-hand is exhilarating, and it definitely inspired me to read and learn much more about birds, their intelligence and their unique abilities.
Titled, The Last Beast in the Sky, this exhibit features multiple works of art on paper and canvas. Each painting is modeled after a photograph of a bird that I took in the wild.
About the Artist
Kevin M. Wilson was born in Litchfield, Illinois in 1979. Over the years, he has lived in the Gulf Coast of Texas, a farm in the Midwest, and the City of St. Louis, where he currently resides with his wife and bird.
Wilson’s career began as a student at St. Louis Community College. After studying under Mark Weber, professor of art, he transferred to Webster University before earning a Master of Fine Arts at Fontbonne University.
Since graduate school, he has divided his time between teaching and occasionally making art. Today, he is now focused on making art and only occasionally teaching.