Nuartlink will present a solo exhibition of works by artist and Westport resident Stephen Wilkes through Dec. 12.

Wilkes is a renowned international photographer who focuses on artistic portrayal of current and historical transformational places and events. The exhibition will feature new works as well as Wilkes's photographs of China, his critically acclaimed Ellis Island images and other works from his established portfolio.

"We are excited to present Stephen's amazing images that capture the essence and dynamic meeting of history and culture," said Nuartlink Director and Owner Vida Geranmayeh-Florian. "His work combines realistic imagery with emotional insight that is both visually astounding as well as personally relatable."

The exhibition will present works from Wilkes' journey throughout China. By focusing on rural and industrial settings -- and the increasing number of areas where the two collide -- Wilkes has pictured a nation amid striking transformation and draws attention to a changing way of life. While including a human element in his photographs and conscious of the individual lives affected by such a riptide of industrialization, the artist hopes to remind his audience of the real implications of such drastic economic and social shifts, and at the same time show the incredible breath of China's beautiful land.

Part of the installation will highlight Wilkes' acclaimed series of images of the south side of Ellis Island: The ruined landscape of the infectious disease and psychiatric hospital wings, where children and adults alike were detained before they could enter America. Through his photographs and video work, Wilkes has inspired and helped secure $6 million in funding towards the restoration for the south side of the island.

Wilkes' photographs have been exhibited in galleries and museums and featured in publications such as Vanity Fair, Time, Life, The New York Times Magazine, London Sunday Times, Sports Illustrated and Travel + Leisure. His work is represented in the permanent collections of the International Museum of Photography in the George Eastman House, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Dow Jones Collection, Griffin Museum of Photography, Jewish Museum of New York, The James A. Michener Art Museum, Library of Congress and numerous private collections.

Nuartlink gallery, focusing on contemporary art, connects established and emerging artists with private collectors and businesses. Nuartlink provides exposure to artists working on the leading edge, whether it is in new attitudes and working methods, or new technologies and theories of art.

Nuartlink is at 19B Post Road in Westport (entrance on Parker Harding Plaza, next to Starbucks on the river), and is open Tuesday through Sunday, 11 am till 6 p.m. and by appointment.

For more information, call (203) 858-2067 or email info@nuartlink.com