Recent Work 1995 - 2008

These paintings are part of an ongoing series of works which explore the age-old theme of human beauty, individuality and 'presence'. Some of them use geometry, ornament or architecture as a way of posing questions about these themes; they are based upon the visible world, yet conjure up a metaphysical or contemplative mood. 'Scrapbook' is part of a recent body of work on the format and imagery of books, albums and portfolios, using the interplay of image/text/letter.

  • Capital

    Capital

    Mixed media

    13 " X 20 "

    2003

    350

  • Facing up to it

    Facing up to it

    Charcoal and acrylic

    28" X 21"

    2003 - 04

    375

  • Scrapbook

    Scrapbook

    Oil and collage on panel

    20" X 20"

    Private Collection, Yorkshire


The role of colour, together with shifting bands of light and dark, is also important as a means to establishing a particular mood...

  • Twilight Zone

    Twilight Zone

    Oil on panel

    2001

    Private Collection, UK

  • Vanitas

    Vanitas

    Oil on panel

    2002

    Private Collection, UK

  • Labrynthine

    Labrynthine

    Oil on panel

    2002

    Private Collection, UK


A similar approach was used during Graeme's residency at the Ilkley Concert Club (1996 - 98). These paintings are grounded in the discipline of observational drawing - a particularly difficult feat when the subject is constantly moving - but they also attempt an evocation of the music in question. By allowing a degree of 'free-wheeling' and 'happy accident' in the process of painting, a certain analogy is established with the dynamics of musical creation.

  • Chamber Music

    Chamber Music

    Acrylic and oil on canvas

    60" x 60"

    1997 - 98

    Private Collection, UK

  • Nash Ensemble: Roger Chase

    Nash Ensemble: Roger Chase

    Oil on panel

    20" X 16"

    1997 - 98

    Private Collection, UK


"Willson's masterful pictures combine precisely executed representational portraits embedded in abstract form to convey a vivid sense of the creativity which is accompanying the musician's music-making. For me, Willson's approach is irresistible."

Stephen Biscoe
Yorkshire Post
April 2000

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