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Artist of the Month March 2019 – Chris Wilson

Monday 4th March 2019 at 11am

Field Works by Chris Wilson (Bronze Sculpture) Image: Field Works by Chris Wilson (Bronze Sculpture)

Chris Wilson is originally from Glengormley. He gained a B.A. (Hons) Fine Art from Brighton Polytechnic in 1982 and an M.A. Fine Art from the University of Ulster in 1985. For the last 30 years he has exhibited regularly having over 20 one person shows and participated in numerous group exhibitions in Ireland, the UK, Canada, Croatia, Germany, France, Bulgaria and USA. In 2016 Chris was awarded the RUA Gold Medal and the Paul Henry Landscape Prize at the 134th Royal Ulster Academy Annual Exhibition.

Over several years Chris’ practice has focused on the interlocking layers of geological strata and human geography as a means to representing “landscape” from a contemporary perspective. The texture of rocks and strata form the basis on which to build works that combine multiple viewpoints, shifting perspectives and opposing scales to explore ideas about human presence and attachment to the land. Within his work the textures and patterns of rock surfaces speak of cyclical time, both ancient, and also of a shorter cycle of time in which they connect with human timeframes.

The title Field Works is borrowed from the Seamus Heaney book of poems. The sculpture represents a landscape or hillside with a map of field borders. The polished top edges of this sculpture suggest the pattern of field boundaries and the shadowed spaces between each wall reflect the depth and history of place and our attachment to landscape.

Field Works by Chris Wilson is included in the collection of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

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