Excerpts from James Lancel McElhinney’s Foreword for the J. Chris Wilson Retrospective catalogue

Embracing his role as a Southern artist—a role he has carefully refined over the years—he has chosen to identify with a regional community, distancing himself from the trends of the national and international art scene, even where they might intersect his work.  Wilson’s position is very clear. He is highly knowledgeable on the subject of art, but chary to discuss his work outside of the domain of formal issues, his own creative passion, and Southern art. 

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