ABOUT CELIA WILKINSON

 

I don’t just paint what I see …it’s as much about what I feel;

 My paintings say what I can’t put into words’

 

Celia’s paintings are predominantly based on the landscape around Niton, with which she is very familiar. She paints from memory which she feels enables her to capture the essence of a time and place rather than just a visual representation. Celia likes to move out of her comfort zone when she paints and likes to give the viewer something to contemplate.

Her influences include Patrick Heron, Paul Nash, Ivon Hitchins ,Peter Lanyon, Paul Klee, and Picasso among a host of others.  These artists, she feels, have broken traditions of landscape painting with their very individual styles of mark making.  She is interested in the process of deconstructing the landscape and piecing it back together, so from a distance it is recognisable but the closer you get the more abstracted it becomes, so the painting draws the viewer in. Patrick Heron’s landscapes, in particular have been an influence in this regard.

        

Celia attended Central School of art for her Foundation and went on to take her BA Hons Fine Art at St Martin’s School of Art, London. She lived and worked in London until 2001 when she moved to the Isle of Wight.

 

 

 

EDUCATION AND EXHIBITIONS

 

History of Design- Brighton College of Art- 1981-82

Foundation- Central School of Art- 1985-86

BA Hons Fine Art Painting- St Martins School of Art- 1986-89

 

Undertook several commissions while raising family 1989-97

 

Leased studio in Camberwell 1997 and have been painting full time ever since.

 

Moved to the Isle of Wight in 2001 where she lives and works.

 

 

EXHIBITIONS INCLUDE:

 

1998          Royal Academy Summer Show

1998          Sun and Doves, London

1999          Tate Bankside, Bankside Browser, London

1999          Blue Elephant Theatre, London

1999          Toynbee Hall, Whitechapel, London

2000          Chase, Royal College of Art, London

2000          Candid Arts Trust, Islington, London

2000          Wills Art Warehouse, London

2000-2010  Affordable Art Fair with Wills Art Warehouse (London, Glasgow, Bath , Bristol, Sydney)

2000-2012  Karen Taylor Contemporary Art, London

2001          The Corporate Connoisseurs, Conigsby Gallery, London

2002          Chase Art, Cornwall

2002          Luscious Conceptions, Windsor

2003-2015  Kendall's Fine Art. Cowes, Isle of Wight

2003-2010  The Wonderwall Gallery, Cirencester

2002          Artclimbers, Suffolk

2003          Quay Arts, Isle of Wight, Solo 

2003-2010  Pantilles Edge Gallery, Tunbridge Wells

2003          Homes and Gardens, Earls Court, London

2004-6       Regular galleries and Art Fairs  

2006          Commisssion of 8 paintings for St Mary's Hospital, Isle of Wight

2007-10      Regular galleries and Art Fairs

 

2010-2012 Took 2 years from exhibiting to develop painting further

 

2011         Karen Taylor Contemporary Art, London

2012        Started as Art Director for Hillside, Isle of Wight

2012        Hillside, Isle of Wight

2012        Brighton Art Fair

2013        The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle Upon Tyne

2013        Red Earth Gallery, Devon, Solo

2013        Moncrieff Bray Gallery, Petworth

2013        The Art Cafe, Whitby, Yorkshire

2013        Open Studios, Isle of Wight

2013        Fulham Art Fair, London

2013        Brighton Art Fair

2013        Webbs Fine Art, London

2013        Hillside

2013        Isle of Arts Festival, Isle of Wight

2013        Bembridge Sailing Club, Isle of Wight

2014        The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle Upon Tyne

2014        The Art Cafe, Whitby, Yorkshire

2014        Hillside, Isle of Wight

2014        Isle of Arts Festival, Isle of Wight

2014        Open Studios, Depozitory, Isle of Wight

2014        Foal Arts Salon, Depozitory, Isle of Wight

2014        Webbs Fine Art, London

2014        Clifton Fine Art, Bristol

2014        Winter Salon, Depozitery, Isle of Wight

2015        Affordable Art Fair, Battersea

2015        Frames Gallery, Perth, Scotland

2015        Robert Fogell Gallery, Stamford

2015        Oil and Water Gallery, Wandsworth

2015        SEEART Fair, Kent. Claremont Gallery

2015        Foal Arts Summer Salon, Depozitory, IOW

2015        Twenty Twenty Gallery, Much Wenlock

2015        Robert Fogell Gallery, Stamford

2015        Beaux Arts Bembridge, IOW

2015        Binnel Studios Open Weekend, IOW

2015        Cambridge Art Fair, Robert Fogell Gallery

2016        New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham

2016        Robert Fogell Gallery, Stamford

2016        Claremont Gallery, Sevenoaks

2016        Solo Show, No Naked Walls, Chertsey

2016        Byard Art, Cambridge

2016        Binnel Studios 2nd Summer Exhibition.

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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