I work with acrylic paints on canvas to produce images in a painterly realist style. My 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 of photography with the inspection and discrimination required by the physical act of painting. Viewed from a distance, the images are almost photographic in intensity, while rough brushstrokes are visible closer up. My paintings illustrate aspects of a given place or time, deliberately chosen as recognizable subjects from unusual perspectives, to make people think about our world and appreciate it.
Jeff Wilson was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. 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 several 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.
In addition to over 20 solo shows, Jeff has received several awards. His work is held in numerous private and public collections.