About David Wilson

My creative interests began from the time I could hold a pencil in my hand. A love of art was cemented in high school, where I was exposed to the concepts of painting and the studio practice. Although mostly self-taught, during the mid-1990s I enhanced my technical proficiency via selected studies at what was then Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver. Since then I have established a prolific career and a strong following in Western Canada.

It was experiencing firsthand the work of artists like Anselm Kieffer, Cy Twombly, and Alberto Giacometti that taught me the value of allowing my own work to spill on and off the canvas. Their diverse approach to painting revealed to me the value in relinquishing control; to allow the paint to run where it wants. My own practice primarily utilizes light, colour, and composition to create cityscapes reflecting the pulse and energy of urban life.

I prefer to use representational subjects as a jumping off point to explore the abstractions found within a given composition. Brushes, scrapers, rags, pencils, crayons, spray cans, various other mark-making tools—all are used to apply a variety of mediums to either canvas or board. Each painting comprises numerous layers of representation, text, and symbols 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. In my mind, life is very much like water in that it eventually finds its own balance and I see that reflected in the way I like to paint.

Over the past 15 years my work has been collected both nationally and internationally via an extensive exhibition history of both solo and group exhibitions. I work full time out of my studio within the renowned Parker Street Studios in Vancouver, BC.


CV David Wilson


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2020    Close to Home, Kurbatoff Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2019    Everywhere From Here, 1387 Railspur Alley, Granville Island, Vancouver, BC

2018    Water, Kimoto Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2017    Interupting the Interface, Kimoto Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2016    Absence, Kimoto Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2015    Light and Colour, Kimoto Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2015    New Works, James Baird Gallery, Pouch Cove, Newfoundland

2014    Intersections, Kimoto Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2013    Construct/Deconstruct, Winsor Gallery, Vancouver BC

2012    New Works, Bugera Matheson Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta

2011    If I Could Have It All I Would Give It to You, Winsor Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2010    New Works, Ian Tan Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2009    Somewhere in the Middle, Ian Tan Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2008    Transitions, Atelier Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2007    More Than Blue,Atelier Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2006    Winter, Atelier Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2005    Here and There: 100 New Works, Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna, BC

2005    Here and There, Aion Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2004    Illumination, Aion Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2003    Fragments, Anne Carlson Fine Art, Vancouver, BC

2000    New Works,John Ramsay Gallery, Vancouver, BC

1999    Vancouver Landscapes,John Ramsay Gallery, Vancouver, BC

1993    New Works, Barret-Post Contemporary Art, Vancouver, BC

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017    Water, James Baird Gallery, Pouch Cove, Newfoundland

2011    Two Artists, David Wilson and Gabryel Harrison, Agnes Bugera Gallery, Edmonton, AB

2010    Dusk/Dark: David Wilson and Ian Rawlinson, Agnes Bugera Gallery, Edmonton, AB

2009    Two Man Exhibition: David Wilson and Andre Pettersen, Wallace Gallery, Calgary, AB

2008    Dog Days of Summer, Atelier Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2008    Noctuary, Agnes Bugera Gallery, Edmonton, AB

2007    Dog Days of Summer,Atelier Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2006    Gallery Artists Exhibition, Atelier Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2004    Lighten Up, Aion Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2003    Accrochage I, Aion Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2003    Artropolis 2003, Juried Selection, May-June 2003, CBC Studios, Vancouver, BC

2002    Monochrome, two-person exhibition, Anne Carlson Fine Art, Vancouver, BC

2002    The State Files, The State Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2001    Gallery Artists Exhibition, John Ramsay Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2000    Gallery Artists Exhibition, John Ramsay Gallery, Vancouver, BC

1999    Gallery Artists Exhibition, John Ramsay Gallery, Vancouver, BC

GROUP EXHIBITIONS CONTINUED

1998   Deck the Walls,Group Exhibition, John Ramsay Gallery, Vancouver, BC

1994    Art Rental and Sales Small Painting Exhibition, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC

1994    Group Exhibition, Sarah Dobbs Gallery, Vancouver BC

1993    Photo Based Bits and Pieces, Summer Exhibition, Barret-Post Contemporary Art, Vancouver, BC

SELECTED CORPORATE COLLECTIONS

Brian Jessel BMW, Vancouver, BC

The Burrard Hotel, Vancouver, BC

Copicor Solutions, Vancouver, BC

Dentons Canada LLP, Vancouver, BC

Fremar Construction, Vancouver, BC

Gibralt Capital, Vancouver, BC

Haywood Securities, Vancouver, BC

Hungerford Properties, Vancouver, BC

Hunter Dickinson Inc, Vancouver, BC

Law Society of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC

Longview Capital, Vancouver, BC

Lorne McLean Family Law Corporation, Vancouver, BC

Mockingbird Films, Vancouver, BC

Odlum Brown, Vancouver, BC

Richards Buell Sutton LLP, Vancouver, BC

Senvest Collection, Montreal, QC

Singleton Urquhart Legal Counsel, Vancouver, BC

Victor O’Connor Legal Counsel, Vancouver, BC

EDUCATION

Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver, BC

1994-1996

RECENT RELATED ACTIVITIES

Upcoming; exhibition November 2019, James Baird Gallery, Pouch Cove, Newfoundland, Canada

Arts Umbrella, Vancouver, BC,Splash Art Auction, Donation of painting

2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011,2012, 2013, 2014, 2016

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Fundrasiing Auction, Vancouver, BC, 2017

Childrens Heart Network Auction, Vancouver, BC, 2017

Artists for Kids, Paradise Valley Summer School for Visual Arts, Artist in residence, 2014

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Fundraising Auction, Vancouver, BC, 2014

York House School Fundraising Auction, Vancouver, BC, 2014

Ronald MacDonald House Vancouver Fundraising Auction, Vancouver, BC, 2013

BC Children’s Hospital Fundraising Auction, 2013


Gallery Representation


Kurbatoff Gallery
 Vancouver, BC, Canada

Vancouver Art Gallery Art Rental & Sales Vancouver, BC, Canada

Steffich Fine Art Saltspring Island, BC, Canada

Gibson Fine Art, Calgary, AB, Canada

Elevation Gallery Canmore, AB, Canada

James Baird Gallery Pouch Cove, NL, Canada and Miami, Fl, USA


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