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David Wilson


Defiance Gallery, Newtown Exhibition dates: 30 July - 23 August 2014
Opening: 6-8pm Wednesday 30 July    Preview dates: 11am - 3pm Sunday 27 July

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‘Unlike some artists who fail to develop, relying on previous success, David Wilson continues to surprise and engage. His latest works are fascinating explorations, imaginatively linking the rich colours of painting to the forms of sculpture.’
- Ken Scarlett OAM, Curator and author specialising in Australian sculpture
David Wilson is a preeminent Melbourne based artist who has made a significant mark on the course of Australian sculpture. Known for his striking use of cast and painted bronze and aluminium, Wilson foregrounds a fluidity of surface and a painterly sensibility in works that both mesmerize and defy expectations.

Born in England, Wilson studied at the National Gallery Art School in Melbourne. From the outset of his career he has forged his own path away from the twentieth century conventions of steel sculpture, constantly innovating with a variety of mediums. Wilson creates sculptures with a sense of movement and unique textures that belie their material. He has had a life-long involvement with the Victorian College of the Arts where he headed the sculpture department, influencing generations of younger artists. His works are held in the collection of the National Gallery of Australia as well as in each of the Australian state collections. He has represented Australia at the Osaka Sculpture Triennial in Japan and at the Commonwealth Sculpture Symposium in Edmonton, Canada.

Wilson’s background in painting and foundation in modelling inform every facet of his work. From his early forays into modelled steel, to his more recent cast sculptures, colour and texture bring an appearance of organic fragility to these structurally stable works. It is this sensory disjunction that gives Wilson’s sculptures their unique presence.

In this exhibition, Wilson has made works in relation to ephemeral meteorological phenomena. Though most of the works hover on the edge of abstraction, the forces of wind, storms and waves appear to propel the sculptures to defy gravity. These sculptures mark a new clarity of form in Wilson’s work. As Ken Scarlett, distinguished Australian sculpture scholar affirms, David Wilson continues to surprise and engage.