barry wilson

barry wilson

, United Kingdom

About barry wilson


“The mood is transformed by the changing light across the gold” John Sargeant
Barry Wilson trained at the Camberwell School of Art and was taught by influential artists such as Bruce Mclean, Cornelia Parker, Jock Mcfadden and Ian Mckeever.
“My aim with this set of pictures has been to emulate a faint image in an antique mirror or a creased and faded much loved photo. I believe the delicate, fragile beauty of the gold leaf finish belies the somewhat brutal techniques I employ. These include using industrial spray guns, scouring pads and water jets, scrubbing back the layers of paint to reveal the gold leaf base which seems to give the structure / framework of the painting. I believe the result is a vibrant and edgy captured moment; contemporary and beautiful.”
Barry’s highly distinctive paintings have been exhibited in major museum and galleries worldwide with international acclaim, winning the celebrated Saatchi award in 2012.


Studied at Camberwell School of Art


Barrywilson CV
Recent Selected Exhibitions

Like a reflection in an antique mirror or a much loved photograph, creased and
faded, Barry Wilson's latest portraits have a delicate, fragile beauty that
belie the brutality of the techniques he uses. Industrial spray guns, scouring
pads and water jets combine with traditional approaches and his trademark gold
leaf. The result, a captured moment, vibrant, edgy and contemporary yet
exquisitely beautiful.

London Art Fair January 2015
Hampstead Art Fair January 2015
Hollywood Road Gallery Chelsea January 2015
Russell Gallery Fulham October 2014
Catherine Miller Gallery London Chelsea August 2014
AAF Battersea March 2014
Red Barn Studios Northampton April 2014
Cannizaro House December 2013
Medici Gallery Mayfair London October 2013
Keplinski Gallery Dubai August 2013
• Aspen Gallery Dubai 14th Sept 2012
• 2 - 15 October 2012
• Saatchi Gallery London 15th July 2011 - January 2012
• AAF Battersea London 2012
• Kempinski Gallery Dubai 2011
• Tracey Mcnee Gallery London 2011
• Tracey Mcnee Gallery Glasgow 2011
• AAF Edinburgh 2011
• AAF Bristol 2011
• Fairfax Gallery London 2010
• Viewpoint Gallery Sussex 2010
• Tate Modern 2008
• Riverside Studios London 2008
• Barbican (London Group) 2008

• Saatchi Online Showdown (Winner) 2012