Stephen Wilson is a contemporary American artist known for his artistic exploration of the intersection between traditional craft and contemporary culture, seen through the use of embroidery and textile arts.
Stephen Wilson started in the creative industry after high school, experimenting with making screen printed shirts and posters for local bands on the Jersey Shore. He eventually became a hired gun in New York City, creating applications for fashion companies like Oscar de la Renta and Dior before founding his own technology-based embroidery design company in 2003.
Wilson began pursuing fine art as a full-time career in 2015. Since then, his work has been acquired by museum collections in Bulgaria, Italy, Mexico and the United States, along with exhibiting in group and solo shows across the United States.
Wilson's artistic style fuses influences from the Arts & Crafts and Decorative movements with modern artists like Robert Rauschenberg and Andy Warhol. Stemming from a background in embroidery technology, Wilson creates and digitizes designs that are then created with machine embroidery and finished with mixed-media hand processes of assemblage and painting. The intersection of craft and technology in Wilson's work is displayed through blending use of quilting and handicrafts with 3D-printed sculptures, laser-cutting, and luxury designer fabrics. He often explores luxury consumerism and branding, developed through a reinterpretation of found-object assemblage centered around designer fashion packaging