Jerry Wilkerson (1943-2007) was a ‘St. Louis artist from Texas’ whose works of art have been shown nationally for over 40 years.
Recognized for his pointillism style, which he referred to as ‘dotillism’, he incorporated images of food and other common day objects to create contemporary still life images intended to be edgy, fun, and accessible.
Wilkerson was a life long painter who received a Bachelor of Science in Commercial Art from Lamar University in Beaumont Texas in 1966, and a MFA in painting in 1968 from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. He served in the United States Army from 1968-1970, and upon his completion of military service he made St. Louis, Missouri his home.
He began his career as a full time artist in 1971 and in 1976, he had his first of six one- person exhibits in New York City, with 5 exhibits at OK Harris Works of Art. In 1983, he had a one person exhibit at the Modern Art Museum of Caste, S. Pietro Terme, Italy.
Public collections including his work include the St. Louis Art Museum, Evansville Museum of Arts and Sciences, Springfield Art Museum, Nelson- Atkins Museum of Art, Delaware Art Museum and Tucson Art Museum. His works are included in many private and public collections.
Jerry Wilkerson’s art is represented by the William Shearburn Gallery in St. Louis.
My present body of work is autobiographical, experimental, and conceptual. I am reflecting upon my ideas and works from the early 70’s, expanding the image base to take on a more lyrical, conceptual or abstract form. I want the images to look at and question the viewer. This work with thinking about the past, bring it to the present and leave it in the future.Jerry Wilkerson, Artist Statement 2007
St. Louis University Museum of Art
Jerry O. Wilkerson
In 2008, the St. Louis University Museum of Art presented a retrospective exhibit of Jerry Wilkerson’s work. Included below is the original brochure produced with the exhibit, including written contributions by David J. Suwalsky, S.J. Director; Petruta Lipan, University Curator; Carlo M. Lamagna, New York University; Nancy Newman Rice, and Mark Weber.