Hailing from the Pacific Northwest, Canadian artist David Wilson’s work has long been informed by the oft rain soaked urban environment he calls home. Whether he’s travelling the globe or exiting through the studio door, Wilson’s experience of his world becomes a celebration of the season of long nights and drenched, reflective streets.
After more than 25 solo exhibitions, Wilson has streamlined the practice of creating a body of work that attracts both long-time collectors and first-time art buyers. ”I tend to shy away from nostalgia and gravitate towards memory. Be it my own memories or something more collective, I’m most interested in those moments we have experienced, or hope to experience, to remind us of who we are and who we will become.”
Working primarily with acrylics, Wilson’s paintings are built upon multiple layers of light and colour, infused—beneath the evocative veneer—with the notion of what we know and think we know, or remember.
Photo credit: Shirley Williams.
ABOUT THE WORK
The electrified work of David Wilson is a love affair with light and the radiant dance of water on concrete. The result is a vision of bustling metropolitan scenery transformed into enchanting tableaux. Artfully capturing the reflective quality of soaked streets and cold pools of rain, the artist’s neon-like colour palette is perfected into a seductive visual language of moody contrast and distortion, where the magic of a city evening becomes aglow with starry hues, powerful shade, and a soothing aura of familiarity.
Wilson’s predilection for elevating the inherent beauty of the urban landscape comes with a subtextual gift. “I tend to shy away from nostalgia and gravitate towards memory,” he writes. “I’m most interested in those moments we have experienced, or hope to experience, to remind us of who we are and who we will become.” As such, his work accesses a collective unconscious impression of the city, where Wilson has mastered the translation of internal reflection into an external mirroring of the light before our eyes.