Zener Schon Gallery

JD WILSON San Francisco

Originally from the Washington D.C. area, JD recently relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area. After receiving a BA from the Corcoran College of Art & Design, JD went on to complete graduate studies in both Marine Archaeology and U.S. History at the University of Rhode Island and Munson Maritime Academy. JD’s work is influenced by the conscious and unconscious realms. Finding objects, symbols and iconography in nature, urban environments, and in dreams, JD sees the hidden connections that all humans share and masterfully conveys these common threads using a combination of abstract multimedia, on canvas.

“In essence, I am less concerned with making something ‘pretty’ but rather something impactful, thought provoking or inspiring. I hope to trigger the viewer to see core relationships with recognized and invented “icons” that combined, form a heavy quilt of visual cues that tap into our humanity. We exist under the guise of being unique, yet in simply being a species, we react to visual stimuli in a more omnipresent manner. That form of presence unites us regardless of our politics, religion, cultural bias and so on. Reverence for the “other” becomes experience realized.”

JD’s contemporary paintings are thought provoking. His work incorporates classical painting techniques applied to urban and street-style, creating a union of edge and polish. There is an obvious hand in the end-result.

JD has shown in group and solo exhibitions at galleries and museums throughout the United States and Europe, including the Corcoran Museum of Art (Washington, DC), M16 Gallery (Florence, Italy), Elysium Gallery (Savannah, Georgia), Museum of Contemporary Art (Marin County, California), and SOMA Gallery (San Francisco, California.) His work is included in the collections of notable collectors such as Olga Hirschorn and Julian Schnabel. His studio is currently located in Mill Valley, CA.


  • JDWilson_canvas_03noblack


    52" x 74"Oil and Spray Paint and Photo Transfer

  • BrokenPonylowres

    "Broken Pony"

    60" x 72"Oil on Canvas