WATER

Nov 2, 2018 - Nov 24, 2018

WATER

For those of us living in the Pacific Northwest, it’s easy to take water for granted. But when your subject is Vancouver, water becomes a way of seeing and depicting the world on canvas.

In a new series of paintings, David Wilson takes for his subjects the natural watery surroundings and rain-soaked city streets of his hometown. Fans of the artist’s work will recognize not just familiar streets and harbours of Vancouver but also motifs like rainy downtown nights. But the paintings move toward a more realistic depiction of scenes than he has evoked in the past—even while relying on memory. Instead of aiming for literal accuracy, he has painted his subjects in a way that suits his vision. 

Water, or fluidity, is a pervasive theme that runs through Wilson’s work. In many of his paintings, rain-spattered cabs, penumbras of headlights, and slick, reflective streets embrace the idea of a city in a rainforest. Water is identified either through subject or in the way the paint lies on the surface. Under Wilson’s brush, water becomes a natural kaleidoscope of light and colour infused with what we know and what we think we know, or remember.
 
“Rain-soaked city streets evoke something entirely visceral,” Wilson says. “So often you find this in the film industry, which goes to great lengths to recreate that saturated-with-rain aesthetic—and for good reason. Those streets reflect so much of ourselves back at us. It’s like peering in a distorted mirror that reminds us of places we inhabit, both imaginary and real.”
 
Moving away from abstraction, and using representation as a starting point, the new work aligns colour and movement with more realistic depictions of a scene. Smaller and more detailed marks create what appears to be a sharply rendered image but upon closer examination reveals the looseness of the paint. Less interpretation is required, giving the viewer a more immediate and relatable experience.
 
“The annual precipitation we endure has created a sort of gloomy identity associated with living on the Coast,” Wilson says. “But if one lives here for an extended period of time one can, and often will, develop an affinity for it. The cycle of renewal and growth that we see, as the rain waters the earth and feeds the lakes and rivers, deepens our relationship with the world. The smell of new rain, the scent of the ocean and the fecund soil saturated with moisture inherently tie us to a place that solidifies our identities as West Coasters." 

WATER
For those of us living in the Pacific Northwest, it’s easy to take water for granted. But when your subject is Vancouver, water becomes a way of seeing and depicting the world on canvas.In a new series of paintings, David Wilson takes for his subjects the natural watery surroundings and rain-soaked city streets of his hometown. Fans of the artist’s work will recognize not just familiar streets and harbours of Vancouver but also motifs like rainy downtown nights. But the paintings move toward a more realistic depiction of scenes than he has evoked in the past—even while relying on memory. Instead of aiming for literal accuracy, he has painted his subjects in a way that suits his vision. Water, or fluidity, is a pervasive theme that runs through Wilson’s work. In many of his paintings, rain-spattered cabs, penumbras of headlights, and slick, reflective streets embrace the idea of a city in a rainforest. Water is identified either through subject or in the way the paint lies on the surface. Under Wilson’s brush, water becomes a natural kaleidoscope of light and colour infused with what we know and what we think we know, or remember. “Rain-soaked city streets evoke something entirely visceral,” Wilson says. “So often you find this in the film industry, which goes to great lengths to recreate that saturated-with-rain aesthetic—and for good reason. Those streets reflect so much of ourselves back at us. It’s like peering in a distorted mirror that reminds us of places we inhabit, both imaginary and real.” Moving away from abstraction, and using representation as a starting point, the new work aligns colour and movement with more realistic depictions of a scene. Smaller and more detailed marks create what appears to be a sharply rendered image but upon closer examination reveals the looseness of the paint. Less interpretation is required, giving the viewer a more immediate and relatable experience. “The annual precipitation we endure has created a sort of gloomy identity associated with living on the Coast,” Wilson says. “But if one lives here for an extended period of time one can, and often will, develop an affinity for it. The cycle of renewal and growth that we see, as the rain waters the earth and feeds the lakes and rivers, deepens our relationship with the world. The smell of new rain, the scent of the ocean and the fecund soil saturated with moisture inherently tie us to a place that solidifies our identities as West Coasters." 
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KIMOTO GALLERY
Vancouver
BC
2018-11-02T00:00:00.0000000+00:00
2018-11-24T00:00:00.0000000+00:00
4th, 2018
DAVID WILSON

4th, 2018

Acrylic on Panel

20 x 20 in

Above and Below, 2018
DAVID WILSON

Above and Below, 2018

Acrylic on Board

12 x 36 in

The Other Way, 2018
DAVID WILSON

The Other Way, 2018

Acrylic on Canvas

18 x 36 in

First Wave, 2018
DAVID WILSON

First Wave, 2018

Acrylic on Canvas

60 x 60 in

Heavy, 2018
DAVID WILSON

Heavy, 2018

Acrylic on Canvas

36 x 12 in

Passing, 2018
DAVID WILSON

Passing, 2018

Acrylic on Panel

20 x 20 in

While Others Are Sleeping, 2018
DAVID WILSON

While Others Are Sleeping, 2018

Acrylic on Canvas

60 x 48 in

Under the Waves, 2018
DAVID WILSON

Under the Waves, 2018

Acrylic on Canvas

60 x 48 in

Straight Ahead, 2018
DAVID WILSON

Straight Ahead, 2018

Acrylic on Panel

20 x 20 in

For Awhile, 2018
DAVID WILSON

For Awhile, 2018

Acrylic on Canvas

36 x 36 in

Behind the Clouds, 2018
DAVID WILSON

Behind the Clouds, 2018

Acrylic on Canvas

48 x 48 in

Liberty, 2018
DAVID WILSON

Liberty, 2018

Acrylic on Canvas

36 x 36 in

I Heard You Say, 2018
DAVID WILSON

I Heard You Say, 2018

Acrylic on Canvas

20 x 20 in

Come Away, 2018
DAVID WILSON

Come Away, 2018

Acrylic on Canvas

72 x 18 in

Some Days, 2018
DAVID WILSON

Some Days, 2018

Acrylic on Canvas

50 x 40 in

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