MYRA WILSON
(1913 - 1988)
a retrospective 

honeyjones is thrilled to be offering a diverse and uniquely vibrant 

sampling of work by deceased artist Myra Wilson. This is a special 

opportunity for mid-century modern enthusiasts to explore the vast 

and pristine trove of a prolific and unsung female artist of her time. 

 

On view January 9 through February 13, 2022

 

Event dates coming on our website and instagram soon.

Myra Wilson 

Written by Mark David Wilson

son of Myra Wilson

Myra Wilson was born in the Chicago suburbs.

In the late 1940s or early 1950s she and her husband moved to Manhasset, NY.

She started painting in the mid-1960s.  She had been reading and studying books on contemporary art. One day while buying art supplies in a store, another customer brought one of her paintings into the store and Myra and this other lady started talking. This woman had been studying art in the basement of a home of a local college art teacher.  Myra joined this other lady and began taking art lessons with this teacher as well. 

During the summer months, the Wilsons spent time at their vacation condo on Westhampton Beach on Long Island, NY.  Myra had at least one, possibly several, art shows for the other residents of the condo, in which she sold many of her paintings to other residents.

In the spring of 1975, Myra and her husband and their son moved to Concord, Massachusetts. She continued to paint. She often would invite people on her street and their friends over to the house to look at the artwork.  Occasionally she would sell something.

Myra Wilson died in 1988 from a stroke.

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30 x 36 textured color-block fade composition, acrylic on canvas

Myra Wilson embarked on an artistic journey which began in mid-life and lasted throughout her final years on this earth. She experimented in abstracted form and color and expressionist styles inspired by contemporary 20th century masters as her own artistic vision and voice emerged.

From portraits that inspire an immediate emotional response to pristine abstract expressionist compositions and geo-abstracted studies to zoomorphic and brutalist design and more, Myra's collection is uniquely vibrant and vast, and offers us an innocent kiss or baby's breath of nostalgia.

It has been a journey for me as well, as gallerist, to attempt to know Myra through her art and be swept back in time from my own perspective in the process of documenting and presenting her art. 

Thank you, Myra.

-Julie 

honeyjones

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Daydreamer, 19 x 24 acrylic on paper on board

Myra's work has been lovingly stored by her son Mark David Wilson, who has offered a few of Myra's works for sale to the public over the last several years. This is the first time since she exhibited her works for friends and neighbors that a significant and catalogued grouping of Myra's work has been presented to the general public. 

 

On view at honeyjones through February 13, 2022, this exhibition aims to highlight the specific styles to which Myra was drawn and in which she blossomed. It is by no means an exhaustive showing, as many more works are waiting to be uncovered.

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Portraits 
acrylic and paper and canvas, most unframed or unstretched 
Framing and mounting options available upon request.  
Abstract Expressionist Compositions 
Geometric Studies and Minimalistic Forms
Graphic, Dichromatic, Zoomorphic Compositions 
Additional Works coming soon...