Nigel Wilson has been a professional artist for over 20 years and his contemporary expressionist art works hang in galleries and homes around the world.
Having lived in Central Otago for many years his recent move to historic Clyde has opened up new opportunities for him to interact more directly with his customers.
“The move was an impulsive and unplanned downsize from a large rural property in Alexandra to a more manageable section and character house backing onto the historic precinct in Clyde,” says Nigel.
“The property has an access gate that steps right out onto Holloway Street so we were lucky to get it. It’s the perfect location for a studio set up and I can now welcome visitors to my open art studio where they can view the work I am currently painting.”
With over 47 art exhibitions to his name Nigel is well known for his large landscape works which are full of vitality and colour. His style is dynamic and involves a large amount of energy being thrown at the canvas making his studio a fascinating place to visit.
“I am open all day and really enjoy people coming along to view. They always comment on how interesting it is to see inside an artist’s set up and it works well for me to break up the day talking with visitors.”
“The studio is a converted 6×6 metre double garage combining a studio area with gallery walls dedicated to my current artworks. I’m pleasantly surprised how many people own some of my work which they like to tell me about. My work is also represented at Eade Gallery in Clyde.”
Nigel is currently working on a series entitled Illustrious Land Series painted with palette knifes in a limited colour range either in acrylic or oil.
“These works refer to Central Otago in a non-specific way and are a step further toward semi abstraction. I remain interested in being led into new territory and many of my series have come out of trying out new things.”
“Adopting several styles is a way to sustain interest and discover another ‘me’ inside that wants to paint differently for a change. It’s also about evolving as an artist in quite a natural way by either trying something new and assimilating that which I call ‘experimeing’ or using different media like watercolour. I consistently absorb the influence of other artists into my own concerns and Toss Woollaston, who was one of New Zealand’s best contemporary painters, was my first huge influence.”