"Wilson is exploring and attempting to understand the structures—biological, cultural, historical and philosophical that underlay human life. And from that position, to address the ways in which culture takes the raw stuff of existence and uses it to generate meaning." Ben Tufnell
This quotation perfectly represent Wilson's poetic, with our question we are going deep but in evanescent way.
How would you present your work?
My work explores issues of faith and belief and the associated structures of power. Wilson’s interests are wide-ranging and encompass science, religion and culture, systems of classification, history and memory.
Where do you make your works?
I have a fantastic studio which is an old mechanics arch under the district line (part of the tube in London which goes over ground). I am the only person in a line of 25 arches who is not a mechanic. Which I love for many reasons, being surrounded by mechanics I get honest non art world comments on work in progress, they laugh at any pretentions I might be tempted to have and most of all I really enjoy the sense of community in this funny hidden place.
What can’t be missing from your worktable?
The photo attached is of a doudle pointed etching tool, for scraping into copper plates, I swapped it with a man in florence from the etching workshop il bisonte, it is the greatest tool I have ever had, it used to be triple pointed but one fell off, so I have actually just commissioned a new set of multi pointed tools (this is the kind of thing that gets me out of bed!).
A collection you wish at least one work of yours was part of?
I am pleased anyone is interested at all.
A museum where you’d like to have an exhibition?
I would love to do one in somewhere really grand in Italy, Palazzo Borghese… somewhere like that.
The market or your need to express?
I am pretty pragmatic, the fact that I sell work gives me more freedom in the studio, the support of galleries and collectors helps me push the work forward. Money gives me time.
Lightness or depth?
Depends what is required.
Day or night?
Indians or cowboys?
A question you’ve never been asked but one you’ve always wanted to answer? Answer that question…
Would you like to play cricket for England... the answer, yes.
Could you briefly describe one of your latest works?
I am making a series of very elaborate charcoal drawings, they are a continuation of the last series but more reduced, more "abstract" I am really trying to get to the essence of works that are manifested out of the decision of spiritual groups of people.
What are you reading?
Andre Malraux , the way of the kings
Spring , excellent low budget horror movie set in Italy.
Where would you like to live?
I love London , but would love to have a big studio in Italy in ten years or so.
Do you have reference artists? Artists you’d like to work with?
Some but I am a bit of a magpie, I like to pick and choose the bits I like from all areas of art and art history I was very pleased to work with Keith though he has been a hero for a long time.
A project, related to art, that you’d like to do?
Actually it is coming up, I have been asked to curate a show around a set of amazing 18th c drawings in Berlin next spring.
If you weren’t an artist, what job would you like?
Cricket for England ...
Let’s imagine a group show. Who would you like to exhibit with?
Yes or no to curators? If yes, who would you choose?
Yes, I always like artist curators, I was looking at the show Mark Wallinger curated in London a few years back, called the Russian linesman… really good.
Painting, what does it mean for you?
Another vehicle for an idea.
A dream of yours?
To play cricket for England.