ABOUT RICHARD WILSON
Richard Wilson has painted since age 10 years and has always had a strong passion for his art which has been encouraged by his Father Matthew, who is an extremely talented ceramic artist as well as his Mother Sally who is an artist in her own right.
Artistic talent runs in his family, and Richard has always been drawn to find inspiration from nature.
"Childhood memories of going off fishing and hunting with Dad - wondering around in nature. Flights to see Tim (Wilson - Richards' Uncle and one of New Zealand's most renowned artists) who helped me find art in the early days, to spend time together in Auckland - painting and learning, was always a thrill as a youngster.
I just love nature - the light and the different atmospheric mood conditions is what feeds and excites me, so therefore - I paint it.
Now, being in the studio listening to music, completely lost in the moment, the paint revealing itself. This is what drives me. This style of painting is the vehicle that enables me to do this. It is always evolving and growing through different applications, experimenting with different mediums.
I guess the work I do for me is freedom to paint, freedom to explore the creation of oil and brush. The work would have to be an intuitive process - developed through many years of doing it over and over again."
When reviewing his series, Richard suggested that I sit with a glass of wine and relax with his work in order to fully appreciate it - to 'feel' it. So I did - I choose well and, shutting off the world, sat with the beautiful 'Winter Blues', a glass of Hawkes Bay Chardonnay in hand, and looked into the painting. I saw water shimmer, I felt mist from the gathering clouds, I tasted cool clean air and I heard bird call. I even caught myself breathing it all in.
Richard was right - the depth and detail within each of his pieces has to be 'felt' to be believed. To be fully appreciated. And feel it you will. He gains inspiration from the environment, the atmosphere, the elements - sun, light, wind, rain. Warm and cold temperatures. All of which activate the senses to bring incredible dimension to his work and clarity to the differing conditions of light.
His work is of such exquisite detail that I felt I was there - sitting on a pebbled shore, watching the mist swirl about the tops of trees, evoking memories of moments standing in nature amongst amazing stillness. Being someone who adores nature, for me it was quite an emotional experience.
Richards work is special. The detail in his pieces is exceptional and he is painting so well at such a young age that he is most certainly - one to watch as an investment and collectible artist.
We urge you to enjoy them as much as we do.