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Those familiar with David Wilson’s work will still recognize the subject matter but can expect to see something new within his portrayal of “Light & Colour”, as Wilson infuses intense emotion into familiar scenes. Partly reflecting the upheaval and turmoil he’s experienced in recent years, but vivid views of the street and from the Vancouver sky also signal that Wilson is feeling better and that he has relished infusing brightness into his renderings with his new exhibit.
Visitors to the exhibit will see light illuminating clouds, sea and slick city streets. The collection also includes depictions of older cars, which Wilson finds rich with symbolism. Some consider cars a status symbol or means of personal expression. Some view older cars as enduring objects in an expendable society, and others see oil-sucking, polluting vehicles as a scourge of the earth, but painting an old Thunderbird was particularly meaningful to Wilson.
“I really like and appreciate the mythology of the Thunderbird. It’s an omnipotent being, a spiritual entity of great power and strength,” he said. “It made me think about my dad a lot, as it had only been about seven or eight months since his passing and he was, in his day, a formidable strength.”
“Painting is an exercise in developing a language of one’s own. As an artist I find filtering out the noise and influences that are daily and constant is essential for this language to develop. There are many ways to create a paint based language but I have found the most successful way of doing so is to paint frequently, as often as one can. Even when I am not painting I am thinking about it; either what I am working on now or what I will be working on next. So I am constantly learning or developing ways to be more efficient with the time I have and to be fully present while I work, so I can maximize the time I am given”.
-David Wilson, Artist
“There has always been something about a David Wilson’s paintings that captures Vancouver the way we know it. Naturally, he’s depicting our city, often in the rain – which locals know very well. But there’s something else to them, they reflect our city at this time, here and now. And, art collectors know that artists who capture a place and time in history, not to mention the character and culture of a place and with a distinct style, are valuable. This much has been well proven in BC Art History”.
-Katsumi Kimoto, Gallery Director
Acrylic on Canvas
48˝ × 48˝