Regina Pilawuk Wilson
Second Street Gallery, Charlottesville, VA | May 25 - July 27, 2018
This summer, three exhibitions of Aboriginal art involving one of Australia’s leading contemporary artists, Regina Pilawuk Wilson, will be on view in Charlottesville and Washington, D.C. Join us for an opportunity to meet this remarkable artist, activist and matriarch.
This solo exhibition of Regina's work at Second Street Gallery features paintings on canvas and paper, as well as fiber works and prints. The inspiration for Wilson’s works come from the traditional weaving practices of her people. “My painting,’ says Wilson, ‘it’s about the weaving. In case our daughters or grandchildren forget, it’s on the painting. My big sister told me to do the story on painting for our kids, so they can remember what our ancestors used to do a long time ago. The story, it’s there from a hundred thousand years ago.” In shimmering detail, Wilson recreates weaving techniques in paint on canvas—stitch by stich—creating luminous rhythmic abstractions. Wilson’s large-scale masterworks, which have brought her international acclaim, will be exhibited alongside her virtuosic fiber-works that show both the innovation and strengt h of tradition in contemporary Aboriginal art.
Regina Pilawuk Wilson’s artwork will also be on view this summer at the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia and at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. in the Marking the Infinite exhibition of Aboriginal paintings by established women artists.
The Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia, Durrmu Arts Aboriginal Corporation, Embassy of Australia, and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts
Opening Reception - Friday, May 25, 5:30pm
Gallery Tour with Aboriginal Artist Regina Wilson - Saturday, May 26, 2:00pm