"On the Surface"
David Wilson, "On the Surface," acrylic on canvas, 72" X 54".
DAVID WILSON, Nocturne
Agnes Bugera Gallery, Edmonton
Opens Feb 14, 2008
By Jill Sawyer
When he started painting his popular night scenes about five years ago, the subject helped to free David Wilson from an earlier style he found restrictive. Formerly working in high realism, he began to experiment with a looser technique that appears to tie in well with the blurring of night and neon in his new work. Wilson is particularily fond of the effect of headlights on rain-slick streets, blending the shiny streaks of red and yellow with the blinking signage and glowing streetlights of the city at night. His night paintings are dominated by buildings and vehicles — with an occasional shadowy figure crossing the street or disappearing into a late-open shop. Paint-ing full time in his studio in Vancouver’s Gastown neighbourhood — a likely spot for urban inspiration — Wilson’s new work is unwaveringly popular. “I literally can’t paint enough,” he says. The work will be featured as part of a night-themed group show in February at Edmonton’s Agnes Bugera Gallery, alongside work by other artists including Gordon Harper and Ian Rawlinson.
Represented by: Agnes Bugera Gallery, Edmonton; Atelier Gallery, Vancouver