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Untitled (5 22 02), 2002, Collage

Untitled (5 22 02), 2002

Collage

Date and signature on lower right

Cover: 7 1/4 x 6 3/8 inches

Inside: 7 1/4 x 12 7/8 inches

 

girl

Untitled, no date

Collage

8 1/5 x 5 1/2 inches

Signature bottom right

Sold

Untitled, 10 26 03, Collage

Untitled, 10 26 03

Collage

Signature bottom left

7 1/2 x 6 inches

Sold

car

Untitled (red car), 2007

Collage

7 3/8 x 5 7/8 inches

Sold

Untitled (1 27 05), 2005, Collage with text inside the card and verso

Untitled (1 27 05), 2005

Collage with text inside the card and verso

Front: 7 1/8 x 5 5/8 inches

Inside:7 1/8 x 11 3/8 inches

Signed on lower right

Sold

Untitled (1 27 05), 2005, Collage with text inside the card and verso

Untitled (1 27 05), 2005

Collage with text inside the card and verso

Front: 7 1/8 x 5 5/8 inches

Inside:7 1/8 x 11 3/8 inches

Signed on lower right

Untitled, 3 26 01, Collage

Untitled, 3 26 01

Collage

Signature on the bottom right side

6 3/4 x 5 1/2 inches

Sold

Untitled (10 26 05), 2005, Collage

Untitled (10 26 05), 2005

Collage

Signature on lower right

Cover: 7 1/8 x. 5 3/4 inches

Inside: 7 1/8 x 11 1/2 inches

Sold

Untitled love letter (Texaco), 05/01/04, Collage

Untitled love letter (Texaco), 05/01/04

Collage

7 1/2 x 5 3/4 in. (19.1 x 14.6 cm)

Signed and dated on recto

Untitled (2 13 05), 2005, Collage

Untitled (2 13 05), 2005

Collage

Signature on the side lower right

Cover: 7 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches

Inside: 11 1/8 inches

 

Untitled (1 9 05), 2005, Collage

Untitled (1 9 05), 2005

Collage

Signature on lower right

Cover: 7 1/8 x 5 5/8 inches

Inside: 7 1/8 x 11 3/8 inches

Sold

Untitled (1 9 05), 2005, Collage

Untitled (1 9 05), 2005

Collage

Signature on lower right

Cover: 7 1/8 x 5 5/8 inches

Inside: 7 1/8 x 11 3/8 inches

Untitled (3 27 04), Sold

Untitled (3 27 04)

Sold

Untitled (1 13 02), 2002, Signature bottom lower right, date lower right

Untitled (1 13 02), 2002

Signature bottom lower right, date lower right

Cover: 7 1/4 x 5 7/8 inches

Inside: 7 1/4 x 11 3/4 inches

Untitled love letter (diver), 05/16/05, Collage

Untitled love letter (diver), 05/16/05

Collage

7 3/4 x 5 3/4 in. (19.7 x 14.6 cm)

Signed and dated on recto

Untitled love letter (carriage and flag), 07/30/05, Collage

Untitled love letter (carriage and flag), 07/30/05

Collage

7 3/8 x 5 3/8 in. (18.7 x 13.7 cm)

Signed and dated on recto

Untitled (11 23 04), 2004, Collage

Untitled (11 23 04), 2004

Collage

Signature on the bottom right

Cover: 7 1/8 x 5 3/4 inches

Sold

 

Untitled (1 11 05), 2005, Collage

Untitled (1 11 05), 2005

Collage

Signature bottom right

Cover: 7 1/2 x 5 3/4 inches

Inside; 7 1/2 x 11 3/8 inches

Untitled (11 23 07), 2007, Collage

Untitled (11 23 07), 2007

Collage

Signature on the bottom right

Cover: 7 1/8 x 5 7/8 inches

Sold

 

Untitled (2 22 05), 2005, Collage

Untitled (2 22 05), 2005

Collage

Signature on lower bottom left side

Cover: 7 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches

Sold

 

Untitled, 27 07, Collage

Untitled, 27 07

Collage

Signature bottom right

7 1/4 x 5 7/8 inches

Sold

Press Release

Nailya Alexander Gallery is pleased to present Steve Wilson Collages, on view online from 3 January to 26 February 2022. 

Steve Wilson (1945–2013) was an artist and writer who lived and worked at the heart of the counterculture of the early 1960s and became a fixture in the "Denver Underground.” The son of a transient pipe layer, he grew up moving from place to place across the American Southwest; from a young age, he drew inspiration from books, visualizing from lines of words a world of color, form, and design that would become his passion as time progressed. After dropping out of high school, Wilson attended the University of Arizona. Later, driven by his innate wanderlust and a taste for a bohemian aesthetic and lifestyle, he settled in Colorado. Wilson supported his artistic endeavors by working as an antiquarian bookseller and publisher of underground poetry. Among his friends were Hunter S. Thompson, the founder of “Gonzo” journalism; experimental filmmaker Stan Brakhage; and the visionary Beat poet and writer Allen Ginsberg. 

The majority of Wilson's work consists of collages made for close friends and, especially in his later years, for his muse and companion Michelle White. This exhibition features his later collages, which his admirers deem his strongest work and which take the form of cards and postcards, with letters written inside and on verso. Steve’s expressionistic visual vocabulary includes evocative imagery from the old magazines he collected, as well as his own whimsical drawings; while the written letters range include musings on daily life and the weather, recollections, and expressions of love. “Monday rolls round again,” he writes on one card. “Be thankful for no snow anyway…first thought on waking was crazy collage. You are what you eat and it follows that you are what you collage…” On another, he pondered his next work: “Next collage—no figures. Just things. Solid things. Ghost things. And pieces of places…” Wilson’s messages and stories evoke nostalgia, and at the same time are expressions of his love of life.