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How Phoenix Artist Paul Wilson Transformed a Mid-Century Obsession into a Decades-Spanning Career


Paul Wilson might have been the Phoenix art scene's best-kept secret. Until recently, that is.

The 50-year-old artist's creative endeavors, centered on his obsession with 1950s and '60s pop culture, have spanned both decades and media including photography, video, and performance, while he makes a living freelancing as a set designer and painter for various Valley theater troupes.

Kathleen Vanesian explores the faux, fake, and fabulous art of Paul Wilson in this week's cover story.
Kathleen Vanesian explores the faux, fake, and fabulous art of Paul Wilson in this week's cover story.
Evie Carpenter

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Not only has Wilson exhibited set design skills with his mid-century fascination in public, he also transformed his childhood home, which he lived and created art in until a few months ago, into a picture-almost-perfect replica of a House Beautiful spread from the '50s.

To read more, check out Kathleen Vanesian's cover story on Paul Wilson -- complete with his art, a rundown of his recurring characters, and a video tour of his former home.

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