Approved: 16.08.2006

Chris Wilson

Artist

Approved: 16.08.2006

Concepts. The rocky shoreline of the north Antrim coast where I now live and work provides the bedrock for my current work. The geological structure and strata of the coastline is used to create works that explore ideas of place. They are an exploration of landscape, where shifting perspectives and multiple viewpoints are used to suggest displacement and impermanence..Influences Architecture/urban environment, landscape, nature,, city, coastline, geography, geology, maps, Newfoundland, Ireland.Career path I have a BA Hons degree in Fine Art from Brighton Polytechnic and a Masters degree in Fine Art from The University of Ulster. Recent residencies include Atlanta and Las Vegas and in 2002 I completed a five week artist in residence at the UNESCO World Heritage site, Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland, Canada. 2004 Public art commissions, Horizons 2011 Property Registration Authority Roscommon. Timeline 2013 Dungannon Co.Tyrone, Trading Place 2014 Newry Co.Down.  Gateway 2016 bronze commission for Centenary Quay Southampton. Artist in Residence, Robert M MacNamara Foundation, Maine, USA.

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  • Location: North Antrim Coast, Northern Ireland
  • Activities: Public art, Private commissions, Exhibitions programme
  • Categories: Painting, Public Art, Sculpture
  • Tags: Sculpture, Painting, Landscape, Maps, Geology, Bronze
 
 

Biography

Concepts. The rocky shoreline of the north Antrim coast where I now live and work provides the bedrock for my current work. The geological structure and strata of the coastline is used to create works that explore ideas of place. They are an exploration of landscape, where shifting perspectives and multiple viewpoints are used to suggest displacement and impermanence..Influences Architecture/urban environment, landscape, nature,, city, coastline, geography, geology, maps, Newfoundland, Ireland.Career path I have a BA Hons degree in Fine Art from Brighton Polytechnic and a Masters degree in Fine Art from The University of Ulster. Recent residencies include Atlanta and Las Vegas and in 2002 I completed a five week artist in residence at the UNESCO World Heritage site, Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland, Canada. 2004 Public art commissions, Horizons 2011 Property Registration Authority Roscommon. Timeline 2013 Dungannon Co.Tyrone, Trading Place 2014 Newry Co.Down.  Gateway 2016 bronze commission for Centenary Quay Southampton. Artist in Residence, Robert M MacNamara Foundation, Maine, USA.

Awarded the Gold Medal at the 134th Royal Ulster Academy, Ulster Museum, Belfast 2015

CV & Education

Alignments, solo exhibition, Gormleys Fine Art, Belfast; Dwelling Place, solo exhibition Oriel Gallery, Antrim Castle Gardens, Antrim, March 2016: Royal Ulster Academy 134th Annual Exhibition, Ulster Museum, Belfast, 2015: Small Islands, solo exhibition at The Doorway Gallery, Dublin, November 2014; UNFOLD, RUA RED, South Dublin Arts Centre, August 2014; Irish Art in Cambridge, Gonville & Caius College Library, Cambridge University, 2014; Solo exhibition, 2012 - Land & Sea, The Doorway Gallery, Dublin 2011 - LandMarks - retrospective of work 1985-2010 , Strule Arts Centre, Omagh 2010 - Timelines, Gordon Gallery, Derry 2008 - LandMarks, Higher Bridges Gallery, Clinton Centre,, Enniskillen, Co.Fermanagh 2007 - CoastLines, Gordon Gallery, Derry/Londonderry 2007 - Mapping The Work Of Chris Wilson, Mullan Gallery, Belfast 2007 - Selected Works, James Patrick Gallery, Wiscasset, Maine, USA 2004 - New Work, Mullan Gallery, Belfast 2002 - The Mullan Gallery, Belfast 2001 - The Bridge Gallery, Dublin 1999 - The Bridge Gallery, Dublin 1996 - "Distant Night" Trist Anns Gallery, Dundalk, Ireland 1995 - Exhibition - Recent Works, Wyvern Gallery, Dublin 1994 - Exhibition - Recent Works, Wyvern Gallery, Dublin 1993 - Exhibition - Recent Works, Duncan Campbell, London 1993 - Shadows of Light, Spectrum Gallery, Veluko Turnovo Bulgaria 1992 - Shadows of Light, Teatrul Nationale, Bucharest, Romania 1992 - The Silent Ground, Arts Council of Northern Ireland Touring Exhibition 1990 - Exhibition - Recent Works, Narrow Water Gallery, Warren Point 1989 - From the Growth of the Soil, Arts Council Gallery, Belfast 1987 - Exhibition - Recent Works, Project Arts Centre, Belfast Group exhibitions 2011 - 130th RUA Annual Exhibition, Ulster Museum, Belfast 2011 - CAST25, Solomon Fine Art, Dublin 2011 - The Doorway Gallery, The Affordable Art Fair, London 2009 - RHA Annual Exhibition, RHA Gallagher Gallery , Dublin 2008 - Make Straight For The Shore, Strule Arts Centre, Omagh 2007 - (C)artography, Mapping influences in Contemporary Irish Art, Crawford Gallery, Cork 2007 - not in alphabetical order, Fingal County Council Public Art Collection, The Cowshed Theatre, Farmleigh,Dublin 2004 - Near and Far, Discovery Centre, Grosmorne National Park, Newfoundland 2003 - Dearcadh, Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin 2003 - The Map is Not the Territory III, James Hockey Gallery, Surrey Institute of Art and Design, Farnham 2002 - The Map is Not the Territory II, England and Co, London 2002 - The Public Eye: Arts Council of Northern Ireland Collection., Ormeau Baths Gallery and City Art Gallery, , Belfast & Edinburgh 2002 - The Public Eye: Arts Council of Northern Ireland Collection., Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast: City Art Gallery, Edinburgh, Belfast & Edinburgh 2000 - Aer Rianta Arts Festival, Dublin 1999 - Nexus, The Elaine Somers Gallery, Holywood 1998 - Spatial Concepts, The Surrey Institute of Art and Design 1997 - Irish Geographies, University of Nottingham 1997 - Language, Mapping and Power, Orchard Gallery, Derry and The Mestni Galerija, Ljubijana, Slovenia 1997 - Three Artists, University of Nevada, Las Vegas 1997 - Vital Chords, Kennesaw University, Atlanta, Georgia 1996 - Language, Mapping and Power, Galerie Nikki Diana Marquarot, Paris 1995 - A Terrible Beauty, Collyer-Bristow Gallery, London 1995 - EV & A, Limerick City Art Gallery 1995 - Works on Paper, Arts Council Gallery, Belfast 1994 - Group Show, Wyvern Gallery, Dublin 1991 - Shocks to the System, Royal Festival Hall, London 1990 - On the Balcony of the Nation, Lawndale Arts Centre, Houston and Tour of USA 1988 - Athena Art Awards, Barbican Centre, London 1988 - Ireland-Deutschland Exchange, Duisburg, Bonn, Frankfurt 1988 - Open Futures, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham Public commissions 2011 - Horizons, Property Registration Authority, Roscommon, Ireland 2011 - Shorelines, Commissioned by Newtownabbey Borough Council, Jordanstown Loughshore Park 2010 - Landmarks, Tollymore Mountain Centre, Bryansford, Co.Down 2010 - Threads Of Time, Commissioned by Newtownabbey Borough Council, Mossley Mill Civic Centre 2009 - Oceans Edge, Down District Council, Ardglass harbour, Co.Down. 2007 - Interpreting the Mournes, Down District Council, Happy Valley, Mourne Mountains. 2007 - River Lines, Commissioned by TIDAL, Toome Bypass, Co.Antrim 2007 - TreeLines, Omagh Arts Centre, Omagh, Northern Ireland 2006 - Global Journeys, Down Distrcit Council, Newcastle, Co.Down 2005 - Landscape Lines, stainless steel & neon map works, Northern Ireland Railways, Central Station, Belfast