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Barry Wilson – Artist Profile

Barry Wilson, a distinguished graduate of Camberwell School of Art, has developed a notable artistic style under the mentorship of influential artists like Bruce McLean and Jock McFadden. Since 2010, the Fairfax Gallery has proudly represented his evolving career.

His work includes a diverse range of subjects from large-scale contemporary figures to striking cityscapes and seascapes. Wilson’s paintings are renowned for their confident draughtsmanship and a contemporary edge that allows them to complement both modern and period interiors.

Technique and Artistic Vision

Wilson’s unique approach involves combining traditional techniques with modern processes, including the use of industrial spray guns, scouring pads, and water jets to reveal layers of gold leaf beneath. This method results in vibrant, edgy artworks that capture transient moments with both beauty and intensity.

“My aim with this set of pictures has been to emulate a faint image in an antique mirror or a creased and faded much-loved photo. The gold leaf finish adds a delicate, fragile beauty that contrasts with the somewhat brutal techniques I employ.” – Barry Wilson

Accomplishments and Recognition

Barry Wilson’s work has been exhibited internationally and has received critical acclaim, including winning the celebrated Saatchi Award in 2012. His paintings are featured in major museums and galleries around the world.

View Barry Wilson’s latest work at the Fairfax Gallery in Tunbridge Wells.

For further information or specific inquiries about Barry Wilson’s art, please contact Fairfax Gallery.


Barry Wilson say of his artwork ‘I always use gold leaf in my paintings. I love the sense of history/age it gives. A lot of layers are created over time and then I excavate to reveal the memories. I’ve been experimenting a lot with chinoiserie wallpaper especially old hand-painted styles, with layers of paint and wallpaper underneath and on top. Lots of memories and I feel the paintings in this show encapsulate that with the portraits eerily surfacing through the pattern, giving a real sense of past – a fading memory I’m always experimenting and trying to come up with new ways of portraying my obsession with fading memories.

These art works were an idea I had whilst looking at Lee Miler photo montages and the overlapping of images on a photograph in the dark room choosing the right combination takes you on a journey that would not be possible with just the face.’ Barry Wilson


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