Barry Wilson

2011 Winner of the Saatchi Prize. His winning painting was exhibited and sold at the Saatchi gallery, London.

A widely exhibited graduate of Camberwell School of Art, Barry Wilson these days divides his time between the south coast and London. His most recent work is inspired by the crumbling architecture and graffiti that punctuates the seaside towns and cities of southern England.

The extensive application of gold leaf in many of his canvases evokes, like faded photographs, the slowly vanishing glories of another era – an effect he underscores by distressing the surfaces of the paintings, so echoing the peeling facades of declining grandeur. Wilson draws his inspiration from the architectural schematics of Frank Lloyd Wright and the lonely ambience found in artists like Peter Doig, Edward Hopper, and Gerhard Richter.

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