Douglas WILSON RCA

DOUGLAS WILSON, a member of the Royal Cambrian Academy, has always been inspired and devoted to painting the rural landscapes that engage his imagination on a daily basis - the eccentricities of the English countryside and hamlets that still retain the atmosphere and beauty associated with work by Sir Edward Elgar, A.E.Housman,Mary Webb and Welsh painter Richard Wilson (1714 - 1782).

Like many artists, Wilson is driven to paint particular places exposing their nuances and distinct personalities. Although we seldom find figures or a ‘people’ focus to his paintings there tends to be a statement on the evidence of human order in an untamed world and, in some of his paintings,it is seen in the wild skies above.

To delve into the mysteries of a Douglas WILSON painting is compelling, you are transported into another time of quiet, hidden activity and sense of place, where in the majority of his paintings, his meticulous attention to detail draws you to look closer to see more and more. It is very tempting to wander up a driveway or travel down that country lane to see beyond the hedges and walls daydream of the lives beyond the painting.

Born in 1936, Douglas studied Fine Art at Oxford under Laurence Toynbee, Percy Horton and Geoffrey Rhoades. After living and painting in many of the counties of England he now currently lives, teaches and paints in Shropshire, continually drawing his inspiration from the quite spectacular Welsh border countryside.

Laurie MacLaren & Diana Lanham, February 2009
Selected ONE-MAN exhibitions:

1980 Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool
1981 Williamson Art Gallery, Birkenhead
1983 Williamson Art Gallery, Birkenhead
King Street Galleries, London
1985 Metropolis International Galerie d’Art,
Geneva
1986 King Street Galleries, London
1987 Outwoods Gallery, Surrey
Phoenix Gallery, Lavenham
1988 Newburgh Street Art Gallery, London
1989 Phoenix Gallery, Lavenham
1991 King Street Galleries, London
2001 Highgate Fine Art
2004 Highgate Fine Art
2008 Highgate Fine Art
Selected Group exhibitions:

1975 - 1985 Wirral Society of Arts
1981 New Grafton Gallery, London
Ashmolean Museum Oxford
Guildhall , London
Royal Cambrian Academy
1982 Piccadilly Gallery London
Royal Society of British Artists
Walker Art Gallery Liverpool
Royal Institute of Oil Painters
1985 Thackeray Gallery, London
1986 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London
National Library of Wales
Edinburgh Festival
Phoenix Gallery, Lavenham & London
Williamson AG, Liverpool
Jablonski Gallery London “Six British
Landscape Painters”
1987 Phoenix Gallery,Kingston-upon-Thames
“Eight British Artists”
The Barbican - ‘Anthony Dawson’s Artists’
1988 Worcester City AG
1998 Waterman Fine Art, London
1998 - 2008 Royal Cambrian Society, Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
1999-2008 Highgate Fine Art
2010 Highgate Contemporary Art,London

Paintings

Before the storm
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Mrs Shakeshaft in her garden (One)
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Shropshire Gothic
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Come to pick the damsons
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Bramleys
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Young corn
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Six O'clock News
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Enchanted garden
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God's acre
Summer silence
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Model sailing boats in the Tuileries Gardens,Paris
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Rendezvous
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Lilies at Chartres
The mysterious ivy-covered tree
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Dream about blossom
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Marcher, February
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Saturday
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So many Springtimes, Shotwick
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And after April
Cat on a wall, Ironbridge
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Dorset, Spring
January
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The strange Lodge-house
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Winter sunshine, Tunstall   2012
Winter symmetry
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Winter at Shotwick
In the Botanic Gardens,Bordeaux
Shadowside
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Rapefield
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Flower market,Place Louis Lepine,Paris
Summer in the Jardin du Luxembourg,Paris
Lifting the onion crop
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Near the Shropshire Union Canal
Burst of sunshine
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Still-life with Chives and Primulas
Still-life in Shropshire,February
Still-life, Aix-en-Provence
The Fountain of Apollo, Versailles
Schmuddelwetter,Hamburg
Midwinter
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Oaks
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A corner of the garden
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Citron
Nasturtium in Shropshire
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On the Cours Saleya, Nice
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Old Industrial area
High Summer
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 July
Road to Raby
 Autumn
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Shropshire window
Houses at Ironbridge, Shropshire
Something about a cyclamen
Thunder Clouds over the cow parsley
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Early Spring
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Eerie Gentian
Chapel in the fields
Another burst of sunshine.
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Windy day at Norbury
Bar Le Pacific, Paris
Industry near Hamburg
Stall at Nice
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Canal Pub
House near Rijksmuseum
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Mrs Shakeshaft in her garden ( ii )
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Dorset
Summer Evening, Shropshire
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The White Summerhouse
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Last Light, Shropshire
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Composition in White and Green
Strange Light in May
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Passing Clouds
Return of the Prodigal Son
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Winter Solstice
Rape Field
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Still Life in Nice
Windy Garden Impression
Summer Evening at the Spaniards, Hampstead
Summer Pruning
Dance of Winter
Dead Lapwing
Summer Lane
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Dublin Pub
Hedge in Winter
Ghostly Landscape
House by the sea
House in the Woods
Model boats, Tuilleries Gardens, Paris
Storm in Southern Ireland
Supermarket rose in a milk bottle
Winter Symphony