Jeff Wilson was born in 1969 in Edinburgh, Scotland to blue-collar parents. He trained as a structural geologist in the UK and worked in mineral exploration around the world, settling in Vancouver in 2004. Evening classes at Emily Carr University kickstarted a hobby that became a full-time art practice in 2013.
Jeff has produced a number of painting collections in recent years, covering diverse subjects as including, working vehicles, neon signs, animal portraits, the Shetland Islands and the Vancouver’s people & urban landscape. These have exhibited across a wide range of public galleries in BC, Alberta and WA State, including Gibsons Public Art Gallery, the Smithers Art Gallery, the ACT Gallery, Okotoks Art Gallery, The Langham, Bellingham City Hall and the UW Law School in Seattle.
In addition to over 20 solo shows, Jeff has received a number of awards, including a Finalist in the inaugural Saltspring National Art Prize, and two Downtown Eastside Small Arts Grants from the Vancouver Foundation. Jeff has completed arts residencies at the Booth in Shetland, Parks Canada’s Art in the Park, and is confirmed for the Wallace Stegner House later this year. His work is held in numerous private and public collections, including BC Children’s Hospital, Firehall Arts Centre, Forum Capital partners, MOI Solicitors, Salmon Arm Art Gallery, SimplexGrinnell, Smithers Art Gallery, the Town of Okotoks, Union Gospel Mission, VGH Foundation, Victoria Gold Corp. and Western Potash Corporation.
Jeff Wilson lives and works in Vancouver.
“I work with acrylic paints on canvas to produce images in a painterly realist style. The resulting work is immediately recognizable by its combination of dynamic composition, unusual subject and vibrant palette.
My paintings are based on photographic images. This deliberate choice allows me to create work that combines the spontaneity & movement inherent to photography with the inspection and discrimination required by the physical act of painting. Viewed from a distance, the images are almost photographic in intensity, breaking down to the visible rough brushstrokes closer up. I try to create paintings from on observations of people, objects and landscape that illustrate aspects of a given place or time. I deliberately choose recognisable subjects from unusual perspectives, to make people think about our world and appreciate it.”