bergenPAC to Display Work by Doug Wilkinson, 2/12-27
Read the overview from Englewood Public School Art Teacher John Merlino:
Douglas Fairbanks Wilson and I met in 1970, he was a third year student at Dwight Morrow High School in Englewood and I was a first-year art teacher fresh out of college.
He was someone to reckon with. His strong personality combined with talents in music as well as the visual arts and Douglas would often bring his drums to class and play while his classmates painted. But when he set down his drums, his artwork too reflected a level of achievement beyond his years.
The 1970s was a special time for the arts and many students at DMHS excelled and went on to the finest art schools to develop their skills. After graduation from high school in 1975, Douglas studied art as well, both at Ramapo College and the School of Visual Arts, but his real education and growth as an artist took place in Englewood, where over the years he captured the city's architectural history, characters, and essence of life. Directing his own education, Douglas could often be found at the Englewood Public Library, drawing and painting from art books about the old masters. In some ways, he is Englewood's long-lived Vincent Van Gogh, a fixture of sidewalk cafes and known to all for his artistic drive, the intensity of his drawings and paintings, and his devotion to his craft-as Van Gogh was known to the citizenry of Arles, France over one hundred years ago.
Douglas F. Wilson's drawings and paintings, of which I own more than a few, have more expression and feeling than many other artists' work, including those in my own sketchbooks. He is an exceptional artist and should be appreciated and supported for what he contributes to the human experience. As an artist, a musician, and a lover of life, he represents much that is good in society, and he resides and works right here in Englewood, New Jersey.