Gordon Wilson is recognised as one of
Scotland's most exciting and intriguing contemporary artists. . Born in
1968, he grew up in Glasgow where he’s still based today. He
studied at The Glasgow School of Art and then started out as a designer
and picture framer before becoming a full time professional artist.
Working from his Glasgow studio, Gordon
paints a range of subject matter in his pieces, ranging from quirky portraiture
to emotive land and seascapes, with his deep love of the West Coast of Scotland
His colourful kaleidoscopic landscapes,
often with wee houses and smoking chimneys (lums) are contrasted with his much
loved paintings of wee old ladies (his ‘Biddies’), Belted Galloway Cows
(’Belties’) and also boats - characterful Clyde 'puffers.'
Often bringing an instant smile to your
face the minute you see them, within each painting is huge amount of work,
building layers of colour that keep you noticing something new each time you
return to view.
Although Gordon describes his studio as "organised chaos," he has
always been a highly disciplined painter:
“I arrive at the
studio around 7.30am each day and my routine is always the same - the kettle goes on, my Spotify playlist is
selected and off I go! I have a number of paintings on the go at one time, my
mind is bursting with ideas for new paintings. My studio is always brimming
with canvases….. Sitting at my easel, time evaporates, reality and subconscious
merge happily. It’s a lonely but blessed
life. I paint solidly until about 4pm. Obviously some days are more inspired than
others and so if I’m not ‘in the mood’ there is always paperwork to catch up on
or finished paintings needing framed!”
Demand for Gordon Wilson artwork continues to grow and he has recently been
working on some of the largest paintings he’s painted to date – “they need big
His next large Solo show
will be at the Annan Gallery during September 2020.