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Lyle Wilson, "Diving Whale," 1993 acrylic on rag matboard, 15” x 11”.
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"School of Salmon"
Lyle Wilson, "School of Salmon," 1997 acrylic on rag matboard, 18.5” x 22.3”.
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Lyle Wilson, "Octopus," 1993, acrylic on rag matboard, 15” x 14.5”.
LYLE WILSON : Paint
To Sept. 15, 2013
Bill Reid Gallery, Vancouver
It took Haisla artist Lyle Wilson some 20 years to build to his first major exhibition as he explored traditional carving, jewelry, painting and printmaking. But it’s painting, he says, that’s actually the most challenging. “Of all the stuff I do, I actually find painting the most stressful,” he says. “You don’t really get to release all the pent-up energy until you’re finished the painting. Whereas, if you’re carving wood, you get to whack away at it, so it actually relieves stress. Painting builds it up.” His exhibition, conceptualized by Barbara Duncan, curator of the Maple Ridge Art Gallery in the Lower Mainland, includes 58 works, mainly paintings depicting aspects of the land and sea that Wilson has created over the last two decades. Born in 1955, Wilson was raised in the Haisla community of Kitamaat, B.C., and studied at both UBC and the Emily Carr University of Art and Design. He also spent years exploring what he calls the classic Northwest Coast style, while working at the Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver. The exhibition catalogue includes his writing about Haisla culture and language. Wilson has produced major commissions in Vancouver for UBC’s First Nations House of Learning, the Canadian Institute for the Blind, and the BC Sports Hall of Fame, as well as the Canadian Consulate in Osaka, Japan.