Albert Wilking

Toy Soldiers
© 2018 Albert Wilking

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Artist's Statement

I believe life is a great adventure. From the day that I was born in Anaheim, California in 1963 until my father died in 1976, we
travelled and daytripped constantly, camping throughout the West, visiting "people, places and things", as my Dad used to say,
National Parks, museums, galleries, street festivals. We also went to Disneyland, where I was exposed to the beautiful Utopia
and playful theatre of Walt Disney's mind. Eventually we moved first to New Mexico, then to Texas and finally, we settled in
New Brunswick, NJ when I was about ten.

Throughout our travels, and wherever we lived, my father would photograph and paint: the Watts Riots of 1968 in LA,
landscapes and wildlife on our travels. His favorite subject was his family in all the various settings he took us too. He was
trying to capture time with his pictures. He taught me to capture people, places and things.

When I was about 7, my father determined that I should become an artist and so he started me sketching on a daily basis,
laying the foundation for a lifelong discipline. He gave me the basic rules of composition, and helped me learn how to distinguish
which of the sketches I had done was the best one to develop into a painting. My father also pursued galleries and newspapers
on my behalf, so that by the time I was 12, I was exhibiting and selling paintings regularly and getting lots of press!

These days, I start my day drawing for about 2 hours, then I paint for about 4-6 hours. I do a stream of consciousness type
drawing until from this a memory, an idea, and or an image emerges which has the necessary dynamic. From there, it becomes
a collage of thoughts about people, places and things. I boil the thoughts and images down to their most symbolic forms, a kind
of alchemy. I want my art to be archetypes of the human experience.

Born in Anaheim, CA, he had his first solo show in 1973 at age 9.
1986 BS from the College of New Jersey.
2000 New School University, NYC 2001 Pratt Institute,

NYC Albert resides in NYC and Trenton, NJ, with his
wife and son.


Current Exhibitors
Rhinehardt-Fischer Gallery, Trenton, NJ
River Bank Fine Arts Gallery, Stockton, NJ
55Main Gallery, Bisbee, AZ

Nascimento, 1st Ave, NYC
Robertsons, Wall St, NYC
Stacy Studio, Union Square, NYC
Rheinhardt-Fisher Gallery, Trenton, NJ

Urban Word Gallery, Trenton, NJ
Caroline's, Miami, FL
Cafe De La Pace, 7th St, NYC

Millennium Gallery - East Hampton, NY
Stage Left - New Brunswick, NJ
55 Main Gallery - Bisbee, AZ
West River Gallery - Jacksonville, FL
Stage Left - New Brunswick, NJ

1998 Community Bar & Grill - Seventh Ave, NYC
Alt. Coffee - Ave A, NYC
Trattoria Nicola - Somerset, NJ
Bucks County Coffee - Princeton, NJ
Borders Books - Lawrenceville, NJ
Pink Pony - Orchard St, NYC
Stage Left - New Brunswick, NJ

Artist's Mill - Manayunk, PA
55 Main Gallery - Bisbee, AZ
Picasso's Palate - Red Bank, NJ
Triumph Brewery - Princeton, NJ

Firehouse Gallery - Bordentown, NJ
Stage Left - New Brunswick, NJ
Tastebuds Cafe - New Hope, PA
Heaven - 24th St, NYC
Michelyn Gallery - New Britain, PA
Wojner Studios - Philadelphia, PA
Batik Art Gallery - Bathsheba, Barbados
Mill Hill Playhouse - Trenton, NJ
Small World Cafe - Princeton, NJ

Fourth Avenue Gallery - Tucson, AZ
Highwire Gallery - Philadelphia, PA
Motif Gallery - New Hope, PA
Freschetti's - Princeton, NJ
Eleven - Trenton, NJ
Gallery Alexy - Philadelphia, PA

Objects and Images - Soho, NYC
Davis Art Gallery - Davis, WV
Delann Gallery - Plainsboro, NJ
Artworks Center for the Arts, Princeton, NJ

1993 Highwire Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

1976 and prior
Seton Hall University, Orange, NJ
Squibb Gallery, Princeton, NJ
Princeton Outdoor Market, Princeton, NJ
Bernardsville Library, Bernardsville, NJ
Studios of Albert Wilking

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