The composition and textures reflect the weight of geological time, juxtaposed with the fragile human geography of place and belonging.
Chris Wilson was born in 1959 in Glengormley, Co. Antrim. 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. His first exhibitions were in Belfast at the Crescent Art Centre (1985), the Fenderesky Gallery (1986) and the Project Arts Centre, Dublin (1987). He has received numerous awards including the Bass Ireland Arts Award in 1986, Arts Council of Northern Ireland awards (1987, 1991, 2002, 2004), British Council Awards (1992, 1993, 1997). 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 he was awarded the RUA Gold Medal and the Paul Henry Landscape Prize at the 134th Royal Ulster Academy Annual Exhibition.
He has exhibited widely throughout Ireland, UK, Germany and USA and his work is represented in many public and private collections including the Arts Council of England, Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Ireland; Translink, Belfast; Bombardier, Montreal; the Office of Public Works, Dublin; the Department of Foreign Affairs, Dublin ; Irish Life, Dublin; McNamara Foundation, Maine, USA; British Telecom; Sport NI at the Tollymore National Outdoor Centre; University of Alabama and Queens University amongst others.
Wilson has completed over 15 large scale public realm commissions including most recently “Gateway” (2015) at Centenary Quay, Southampton for Crest Nicholson; “Trading Place” (2014) in Newry, Co. Down ; “Timeline” (2013) Dungannon; “Horizons” (2011), for the Property Registration Authority, Roscommon; “Shorelines “(2011) at Jordanstown Loughshore Park; “Threads of Time” (2010) at Theatre Place, Mossley Mill, Newtownabbey and “Riverlines” at Toome Bypass commissioned by TIDAL in 2006.