KEITH WILSON, A Change in the Air
Oliver Sears Gallery is pleased to announce its first solo exhibition by Belfast born, Mayo based artist Keith Wilson. This exhibition will be his first solo exhibition in Dublin for eight years.
Keith studied at Methodist College, Belfast, and the University of Ulster and at Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland, gaining an Honours Degree in Visual Communication and a further Postgraduate Diploma in Illustration.
For many years he has created images of places and objects in response to his immediate surroundings. The resulting drawings, paintings and prints relate to very particular sites which are highly specific and personal, yet hopefully universal. Some recurring motifs have been ditches, open fields, roads, boundaries and puddles. He is constantly involved in trying to capture the essence of a place and describing how one can retrace one’s footsteps, look again and take time to think, often working ‘in series’ to accentuate this notion of looking again and returning.
More recently he has been involved with many residency programmes in Ireland, the UK, Europe and the U.S. and has continued to investigate and remain aware of his environment. The last major exhibition of his work consisted of descriptions of places around his home and garden. This exhibition of new work continues this notion; how we get our bearings when we are away from home, the importance of finding one’s place, and reacting to what is right on one’s doorstep. His newest work concentrates on moving back and forth between direct observation and studio practice in these many different locations.
He aims to make the everyday apparent, appreciated and intriguing and is interested in emphasising a stillness and tranquillity through his work, ignoring the spectacular and getting closer to the more ordinary aspects of a particular setting.
His paintings and drawings develop slowly over time. He often describes their development as ‘growing’.