Airtight Artwork

Charleston, SC

Matt Wilson was born and raised in Greenville, S.C., and from a young age showed, not only an interest in art, but an innate creative talent. His senior year of high school, he was accepted to attend studio art classes at the Fine Arts Center of Greenville, the first specialized art school in the state. From 2002 to 2005, Matt attended Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC, where he worked on an arts degree in drawing and painting. In 2006, Wilson was not only ready for a change in scenery, but also for a change in medium. He moved to Charleston, S.C. and became interested in metal sculpture and motivated to learn a new skill. Following a job lead, he gained an interview with Detyens Shipyards for a welding position. Upon interviewing with Loy Stewart, the owner of Detyens, he was offered a unique opportunity – to become the resident artist and learn how to weld. Matt’s primary job is to build metal models of the ships that are serviced in the shipyard. The models are then given to the port engineers as a “thank you for your business”. When he’s not building ships, he is working on commissioned pieces or having fun producing new creations.

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