A collection of new artwork by contemporary painter, Celia Wilkinson
Celia’s paintings were previously predominantly based on the landscape around Niton on the Isle of Wight, having lived in the area for many years, but during the last few years have also reflected her travels to various countries.
She avoids immediate visual representations and paints from memory, enabling her to capture the essence of a time and place, but Celia likes to give the viewer something to contemplate and adds her emotional attachment to that place.
Her influences include Patrick Heron, Paul Nash, Ivon Hitchins, Peter Lanyon, Paul Klee and Picasso among a host of others. These artists, she feels, have broken traditions of landscape painting with their very individual styles. She too is interested in the process of deconstructing the landscape and piecing it back together, so from a distance it is partly recognisable but the closer you get, the more it becomes about the painting process – drawing the viewer in to a riotous world of marks, textures and colour.
Celia attended Central School of Art for her Foundation and went on to take her BA (Hons) Fine Art at St Martin’s School of Art, London. She lived and worked in London until 2001 when she moved to the Isle of Wight.
Meet the artist, Celia Wilkinson, on the opening day of her exhibition, My Journey Through Landscape. Celia joins us from 12pm to 2pm, to chat to visitors and talk about her artmaking process. Visitors to the exhibition will also be invited to help yourself to complimentary tea, coffee and small cakes in our Courtyard Activity Room.
Free admission. Artworks for sale
Celia is a member of the Visual Arts Association and winner of the Red House Museum Open Art 2022
Image: 'Emerging' 140x160cm, Acrylic on canvas
Polite note: the gallery will be closed to visitors on Wednesday 1st November and Wednesday 15th November, 1.45pm - 3.30pm for private events.