James Wilson, 10.4.2013, 2013. Pencil & colored pencil on paper, 9 x 12 inches. Courtesy of the artist.
James Wilson’s ongoing “Subway Series” is composed of the artist’s observational drawings from life on Path and subway trains in and around Newark. In rapid lines, Wilson captures moments of privacy and solitude in public places.
James Wilson is a born-and-raised Newark artist, a graduate of the city’s famed Arts High, and a fixture of the Newark skateboard and graffiti scenes. Wilson writes, “Through my art I hope to tell stories of whimsical irony, pensive despair, and playful joy. One theme present throughout my work is that of the dispossessed youth.” In addition to his art practice, which includes murals, drawings, paintings, and 3 dimensional works, Wilson is an art handler, artist educator, and mentor for local youth.