photo by  Rachel Stenger    "There's something that clicks at a certain point in each drawing or painting when I start to take it seriously. Like a quiet adolescent that speaks their first line of wisdom and you raise your eyebrows and tilt your head a little like 'ok. I see you.' And you realize for the first time that they are a real human, coming into form, and have been all along. But before that point in each piece of work, I always need to just scribble on the surface for a bit. Play around; make marks that don't make sense. When it clicks though, I go hard."

photo by Rachel Stenger

"There's something that clicks at a certain point in each drawing or painting when I start to take it seriously. Like a quiet adolescent that speaks their first line of wisdom and you raise your eyebrows and tilt your head a little like 'ok. I see you.' And you realize for the first time that they are a real human, coming into form, and have been all along. But before that point in each piece of work, I always need to just scribble on the surface for a bit. Play around; make marks that don't make sense. When it clicks though, I go hard."

About

Lee Nowell-Wilson is a representational figurative artist, living and working in Baltimore, MD. Through large scale drawings and paintings, Nowell-Wilson’s work explores weight, maternal elements and movement within the wrestling interaction of human relationship. Using a combination of realistically rendered figures and abstract mark making, her work incorporates humor and universal benign experiences as a way to invite connection and conversations with the viewer.

Nowell-Wilson earned her BFA in Painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2011. She has participated in artist residencies with Creative Paradox in Annapolis, MD, and the Street Art School in Lyon, France. Her work has exhibited in Annapolis, New York City, Italy and France, and she recently held a solo show at Project 1628 in Baltimore, MD. Traveling with her husband, Nowell-Wilson has completed murals + urban art pieces in Norway, France, Northern Ireland and Chile. In 2018, Nowell-Wilson was also featured in Maker’s Magazine, Bmore Art, and the online blog “Both Mother and Artist”, showcasing and discussing her work created since giving birth to her daughter. She has also been invited to speak on an artist panel about the Maternal Creative Instinct at Hamiltonian Gallery in D.C.


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EDUCATION 

Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), BFA Painting, May 2011

Studio Art Center International (SACI), Florence, Italy, Fall 2009

RESIDENCIES 

2015 Street Art School, Youth With a Mission, Lyon, France

2012 Creative Paradox, Annapolis, MD

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018 Full Communion, Project 1628, Baltimore, MD

2015 Au Revoir, Creative Paradox, Annapolis, MD

2012 La Riqueza del Pueblo, The Temporary Gallery, Baltimore, MD

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

UPCOMING: <Under 500, Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD

2018 Variety Show, Christopher Schafer Clothier, Baltimore, MD

2018 Uniting Diverse Artists: Midtown Academy's 4th Annual Art Exhibit and Silent Auction, Midtown Academy, Baltimore, MD

2018 Connected. Tangled. Intimate. Delectable. Hancock Solar Gallery, Baltimore, MD

2016 Roots, Section 1 Project in collaboration with Buenos Aires Street Art, Baltimore, MD

2016 Upfest Street Art Festival, Bristol, England 

2013 Jumbo Shrimp, IAM, New York, NY

2013 Appetizer, Creative Paradox, Annapolis, MD

2013 AIR '13 End of Year Show, Creative Paradox, Annapolis, MD

2012 WOMEN: An Exhibition, D Center @ MAP, Baltimore, MD

2012 The 12 x 12, Creative Paradox, Annapolis, MD

2011 MICA Senior Thesis Exhibition, Fox 2 Gallery, Baltimore, MD

2010 Identity, MICA Rosenberg Gallery, Baltimore, MD

2009 SACI Work Exhibition, Florence, Italy and Baltimore, MD

PUBLICATIONS

2018 - October Artist of the Month, Both Artist and Mother online blog

2018 - “Art, Motherhood, And Full Communion”, Bmore Art, interview by Katherine Mann (March)

2018 - Maker’s Magazine, Issue 5: HOME

AWARDS

2011 Puffin Foundation Grant