GES WILSON CV
Date of birth: 22/06/54
1996-98 Falmouth College of Art (University of Plymouth) Postgraduate certificate
1981-82 Exeter University PGCE
1975-78 Exeter College of Art and Design BA (Hons) Fine Art Upper Second
1974-75 Loughborough College of Art and Design Pre-Diploma
1972-73 University of Bath
I make work that is either figurative or semi abstract landscape, both arising from the act of drawing, not primarily as an observed record – but describing experience and memory, sometimes obscured by time.
I feel it is important not to control too much, so allowing an intuitive response to the unexpected.
Processes are important and I may use layering, mixed media, dripping, pouring, drawing with sticks – these all assist in suppressing the ego, diverting the conscious mind to allow materials and processes to reveal something workable, something that communicates personal encounters, maybe on the ocean, surfing, sailing, tasting salt tasting spray, remembering misty days, cherishing a good wave……..
The Cornish landscape feels so full of elemental energy, containing the past, memories of people and special events
I try to simplify and to look fresh at a time, a space, an object removed from its surroundings, often just glimpsed and revealed.
Artist in residence, La Vignette studio, Dinan February 2006
Artist in Residence with English Heritage Farleigh Hungerford Castle 2002
2006 Life Open Show StISA, elected to be a member of StISA
2006 SW Open PSA, Plymouth
2006 Penzance Art Gallery curated by Carl Thorgood
2006 Taking Space, Custom House, Penzance
2006 Open Studios Cornwall
2005 Mixed shows in Cornerstone Gallery St Ives, St Ives Society of Artists, Essex Tyler Gallery Mousehole, Gallery 39 Wiltshire
2004 St Ives The Next Wave, Hutson Gallery London, Wine St Gallery, Devizes
2003 Cornerstone Gallery and Pydar Gallery, Truro
2001 Workhouse Gallery
2000 Workhouse Gallery London, Pydar Gallery, Treliske Hospital, Avalon Gallery, Marazion,
2000 Education Advisor
Arts education work
Worked in arts education for over 25 years, as art and drama teacher, and then freelancing as community artist on projects mainly in Cornwall, both leading and working with a team. Principal of St Ives School of Painting between 2000 and 2004. Presently working as support tutor for degree students in Cornwall and on the Professional Freelance Register for Tate Gallery
2006 Freelance Support tutor for degree level students with learning difficulties in arts subjects, Claro Learning Agency. Also freelance tutor for Tate Gallery and other educational projects in Cornwall
2005 Freelance education work including projects for Tate Gallery, Outlook Education Agency, Music and Dance Education , The Big Draw
2004 Community Arts worker on Pool Regeneration Project with local primary schools. Community Arts worker on Family Learning projects in Saltash and Indian Queens
2000-2004 Principal of St Ives School of Painting
2000 Educational Advisor to Timothy Guy Design on @Safari Space’ project. Arts 2000 with MaDE (KS” adult learners). Magical Moments with MaDE (pre-schools and families) Art worker/researcher on ‘A Childs Eye View’. Early Years Action in Penzance and Wadebridge.
1999 ‘Off the Wall’ with Cornwall Health Authority. Tutor for Newlyn Gallery. Administrator, St Ives Festival
1998-2000 Out of School Education Tutor.
1986-1998 Humphry Davy School Penzance, Art and Drama teacher
1978-1979 Art teacher Blundell’s School, Tiverton
(Any gaps are taken up by travelling abroad)
‘Medieval inspiration for artist in France’, The Cornishman, 23/03/06
‘St Ives The Next Wave, Hutson Gallery, 2004