Wilson’s practice utilizes representational subjects as a jumping off point to explore the abstractions found within his compositions. Brushes, scrapers, rags, pencils, crayons, spray cans and various other mark making tools are used to apply a variety of mediums to either canvas or board. Each painting comprises numerous layers that may or may not eliminate evidence of preceding layers. “There is an underlying tension in the work that exists between my application of very wet paint and the surrendering of its control as it runs down the canvas. It’s always a question as to how much control I exert upon it and how much I let it go where it wants to. In my mind, life is like water in that eventually it finds its own balance and I see that reflected in the way I like to paint.’’
Wilson combined his painting skills with studies at Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver, BC and works full time at his studio in East Vancouver. Over the past 15 years his work has been collected both nationally and internationally through an extensive exhibition history of both solo and group exhibitions.
Photo credits: Yazmeen Strang