I want to produce paintings that give you an immediate visual impact. I prefer recognisable subjects, but they can be pretty boring, so try to capture a dynamic composition & vibrant colours. I dominantly work in acrylics, as they are forgiving, quick and give me the colour intensity I am looking for.
I grew up in Scotland and trained as a geologist. I think both contribute to my process & I get great inspiration from close observation of the Canadian landscape and built form. I tend to to organise compositions in geometric, structural terms. Often the subject will be those quirky aspects of Canadian life that generally pass unnoticed.
Regardless of the actual subject, I find my greatest inspiration from chance encounters of light, colour & geometry. Reference photos form the foundation to a given work, capturing spontaneity & movement of a specific time & place. Building on this foundation, I build the painting with the inspection and discrimination required by the discipline.
Jeff Wilson grew up in Edinburgh, Scotland & trained as a structural geologist. He worked in mineral exploration around the world, settling in Vancouver in 2004, and took art classes at Emily Carr University, kick-starting a hobby that transitioned to a full-time art practice in 2013.
Jeff produces painting collections that exhibit in public galleries in BC, Alberta and WA State. Recent highlights include the Art Gallery of St. Albert, Port Moody Arts Centre, The Langham, Okotoks Art Gallery, Smithers Art Gallery, Gibsons Public Art Gallery, ACT Gallery, Bellingham City Hall and the University of Washington Law School.
Jeff has received a number of awards, including Finalist in the inaugural Saltspring National Art Prize, and two Downtown Eastside Small Arts Grants from the Vancouver Foundation. Jeff has completed residencies at the Booth in Shetland, Parks Canada’s Art in the Park and the Wallace Stegner House. His work is held in numerous private, public and corporate collections, including Alexco Resource Corp., BC Children's Hospital, Firehall Arts Centre, Forum Capital partners, Lion’s gate Hospital, MOI Solicitors, Salmon Arm Art Gallery, SimplexGrinnell, Smithers Art Gallery, Town of Okotoks, Union Gospel Mission, UBC Okanagan, VGH Foundation, Victoria Gold Corp. and Western Potash Corporation.
Jeff Wilson lives and works in Vancouver.