Evan ESK Wilson

ESK is a fine artist, calligrapher, muralist, and tattooer based in Oakland, California. His work is balanced on the line between graffiti and abstract expressionism, with his own personal style of calligraphy being the bridge that connects the two disparate modes of work. This calligraphic style is made up of English letters, but are abstracted through calligraphic mark making strokes drawn from ancient calligraphic traditions, including Arabic, Japanese Zen brushwork, Kmher and Thai. Combining these different traditions with more graffiti based elements, ESK presents a new voice in the contemporary calligraphic world. The resulting works are meditative visual networks of calligraphic line, guiding the viewer towards a looser, visceral interpretation of written communication. Therefore elements of the work are interpreted through an instinctive response to visual emotion, rather than an insufficient attempt to legibly codify the ideas of mortality, suffering, and enlightenment that are beyond humanities ability to put into words.

 

Founded in a meditative approach towards expression, ESK gives his audience a sensation of peace while being presented with an assortment of mediums, sculpture, ink, paint and more. Each sculpture & piece is full of fragmented objects, seeking to re-contextualize the things so frequently discarded.

Education:

A: University of California, Santa Cruz, CA. 2009

Honors, Cum Laude, Deans List  

Exhibitions:

 

Athen B. Gallery- Home Coming, Oakland, CA. 2015

Goodmother Gallery- Short Notice, Oakland, CA. 2015

Beatnik Gallery - ESK and David Mohr, Sacramento, CA. 2014

Faultline Artspace- Indelible Marks 2: Different Strokes, Oakland, CA. 2014

LeQuiVive Gallery- Trap Expressionism, Solo Show, Oakland, CA. 2014

LeQuiVive Gallery- Hyperbolic Geometry, Oakland, CA. 2014

The McLoughlin Gallery- Struggle For Perspective, San Francisco CA. 2013

Old Crow Tattoo and Gallery- Stand Tall Part 3, Oakland CA, 2012

Old Crow Tattoo and Gallery- The Best of Both Worlds, Oakland CA. 2012

The McLoughlin Gallery- ArtPadSF, San Francisco, CA. 2012

The McLoughlin Gallery- Everything Was, San Francisco, CA. 2012

The McLoughlin Gallery- Layers, Solo Show, San Francisco, CA. 2011

Gamma Space- Indelible Marks , Oakland, CA. 2011

Old Crow Tattoo and Gallery- Stand Tall Part 2, Oakland, CA. 2011

Beatnik Studios- Shades and Scripts, Solo Show. Sacramento, CA. 2010

Dead Cow Gallery- From the Ground Up. Santa Cruz, CA 2010

Eduardo Carillo Gallery, UC Santa Cruz- Urban Reflections, Solo Show, Santa Cruz, CA 2009

 

Curated Shows:

Faultline Artspace- Indelible Marks 2: Different Strokes, Oakland, CA. 2014

Gamma Space- Indelible Marks , Oakland, CA. 2011