Stephanie Wilde is known for her elaborate and exquisitely detailed artwork, which at first glance seems to belong to a different era. As contemporary as her subjects are, Wilde’s aesthetic, ideals, and work ethic are descended from earlier artistic traditions, particularly ones which addressed social, spiritual, or philosophical issues. Wilde has the ability to portray biting social commentary while remaining true to a cultivated aestheticism. Her approach to each project is painstakingly methodical, starting with research of fact and lore supported by scientific, historical and literary sources, while relying on symbolism and historical context to inform a complex narrative. Wilde’s technique is also painstakingly exercised, her works incorporating ink, acrylic and gold leaf in a combination of both painting and drawing.
Stephanie Wilde is a self-taught artist whose career has spanned over three decades. Her work is in the permanent collection of Victoria Albert Museum, London, England; Crocker Museum, Sacramento, California; Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach California; Scripps College, Claremont California; Boise Art Museum, Boise Idaho; Utah Fine Arts Museum, Salt Lake City, Utah; The Library of Congress, Washington DC; The New York Public Library, New York, New York; Newark Public Library, Newark New Jersey; Marriott Library, Salt Lake City, Utah; The Harold B. Lee Library, Provo, Utah; Roll International, Los Angeles, California, and numerous private collections.