Wilson’s work is essentially a response to the ephemeral movements of light and texture over surfaces – vistas large and small, inside and out… liquid seas, industrial scenes, dreams and memories.
Her method of working is to integrate collage elements – torn, cut, stolen, borrowed or memorized, alternating these with layers of opaque and transparent paint, gestural strokes, textural scrapings and colour combinations to create a tactile and emotional experience of visual discovery.
In 1980 Wilson completed a Diploma of Visual Arts, majoring in painting at Alexander Mackie Collage of Advanced Education. Wilson later undertook a conversion course at City Art Institute and was awarded a BA Visual Arts in 1984. Other academic studies include Fine Arts, Literature and Italian at Sydney University.
In 2009, after a long career diversion in arts administration, Wilson made what was at the time a terrifying quantum leap into the occupation of a full time artist, presenting my first solo show Finding Place in 2011. The positive response to this show encouraged her to continue walking this difficult and exhilarating journey with two more major exhibitions – Light in Dark at the Hanging Space in 2012 and Intimations at the Clifton School of Arts in 2014.
Wilson has been invited to participate in several curated group exhibitions including Local Current 2013 at the Wollongong Art Gallery and unfolding at the Nan Tien Institute Wollongong in 2012. Wilson is currently the Secretary and Vice President of the Illawarra Association for the Visual Arts. Wilson’s work is included in private and public collections including the Wollongong Art Gallery.
“When working on an image I have the feeling of being transported into the ‘stage set’ that I am creating – think of Alice in a wonderland of paint and paper. I become a traveler, discovering and marveling at what is morphing and settling around me. Metaphorically I take a walk in and around the picture. I guess this is what can be described as a surreal experience”.
“The sensual sophistication and originality of Vyvian’s paintings inspires viewers as she draws attention to the beauty of the region which she has so warmly embraced. She encourages one to step aside from the usual way of seeing and to notice the beauty of the common-place with a fresh perspective.” Alena Kennedy – Review of Light in Dark, 2012
“….Vyvian Wilson’s spectacular Island Blazing (which is so compelling that the viewer could be concerned that embers will fall on her feet where she stands) is a modest piece with content as big as the world” Moira Kirkwood – Review of Feeling the Heat, 2014
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