Artist Tanner Wilson draws from an interest in Russian Orthodox paintings and merges it with his illustrative background to create a bold and color-saturated style. “I tend to be in my head a lot and my work is the personification of that specific part of my thought process that I can’t quite put my finger on,” he says. Matriarchal bodies and faces populate Tanner’s work as well as an array of symbolism and iconography. Tanner puts an emphasis on facial expressions and simple hand gestures with his figures to suggest different emotions and themes. His paintings have been described many times as a graphic interpretation of inner dialogue in the style of playing cards. He is looking for the common ground in religion that has become innate but has arcane knowledge. He takes those ideas further then and makes them of his own world and ideology. Images of daemons, artifacts, and doorways to open thinking, linger in his paintings. They give the viewer a deeper sense that they should go beyond what they see and know. Tanner is continuously finding himself in his pieces. Pushing his own senses and hopefully the viewer into the spotlight. Please visit his Instagram for more photos: @iron_christ
Tanner's ArtPrize Entries
These are Tanner's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.
Tanner's Past Work
These are images of past work that Tanner has done.