NICHOLAS WILTON

BIOGRAPHY

Nicholas Wilton was born in San Francisco, California and spent his youth exploring the wilderness areas of Marin County. As a teenager he studied design with the German contemporary glass artist Ludwig Schaffrath, who catalyzed his ongoing passion for art making. Nicholas studied art at the College of Creative Studies in Santa Barbara and then went on to receive his BFA from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. In addition to gallery exhibitions and the inclusion in numerous private and corporate collections in both the United States and Europe, Wilton’s paintings have been used on the covers of the national bestseller “The Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz, and Brene Brown’s “The Gift of Imperfection”. Recently, the US Postal Service issued a stamp featuring Wilton’s artwork.

Nicholas is the founder of the ArtLife Creativity workshops and classes. This highly effective system of teaching returns authenticity, spontaneity and joy back into the creative process. Nicholas also has established the Creative Visionary Mentoring Program, which offers artistic, business and creative coaching to artists. He speaks and writes extensively on the subject of creativity, purpose and inspiration.

Nicholas Wilton’s popular blog “THE ARTLIFE”  shares ideas about Creativity, Passion and Personal Transformation. Here are 3 recent popular posts. If you would like to receive his weekly posts subscribe here.

3 WAYS TO MAKE YOUR ART BIGGER AND BETTER

THE ONE THING THAT MAKES YOUR ART VALUABLE

WHEN YOUR ART DOESN’T SELL

The original Art used in the blog post is given away every week to those who comment and are on our email list. The winner is randomly chosen and announced in the following week’s blog post. The painting is made with guache on a piece of paper from his old sketchbooks. They are all signed and dated by Nicholas.

STATEMENT

Nicholas Wilton’s paintings are visual poems, informed by Nature and his personal experience of life. Color, texture, and organic forms are layered into a complex visual weave that hints at the underlying feelings and complexity of our lives. His work almost entirely relies on the metaphorical, patterning and the abstract rather than any particular literal iconography.  In a recent interview with Art Collector Magazine, Wilton explains “It’s the accuracy of the feeling I am interested in rather than the accuracy of a specific representation that is already understood or recognizable. My work is deliberately open ended, more obtuse for this very reason. I want it to be reinterpreted, incorporated into the experiences and personal stories of others.”

The actual process of combining spontaneity, excavated color and texture Wilton uses in the creation of his art also informs the content and final outcome of the work. The delicate balance and juxtaposition of opposites, whether physical or spiritual are poignantly presented in all of his paintings. In addition, the paradox of Change, notions of Risk, Fear and Intuition, all coexist beneath a veil of optimism and hopefulness that permeates Nicholas Wilton’s art.

 

 

RESUME

Nicholas Wilton 

Born 1961, San Francisco, CA

 

EDUCATION

1979-1983 College of Creative Studies, University of Santa Barbara, CA

1983-1986 Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA. BFA

 

EXHIBITIONS

2014   Solo Exhibition Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2013   Solo Exhibition Campton Gallery, New York City, NY

2012   Solo Exhibition Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2011   Solo Exhibition Costello Childs Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
           Three Person Show Stremmel Gallery, Reno, NV

2010   Solo Exhibition Gallatin River Gallery, Big Sky, MO
            Solo Exhibition Selby Fleetwood Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
            Solo Exhibition gallery Jones,Vancouver, Cananda

2009   Solo Exhibition Gallatin River Gallery, Big Sky, MO
             Group Exhibition Gallery 212, Aspen, CO
             Group Exhibition Selby Fleetwood Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
             Group Exhibition Gallery 212, Aspen, CO

2008   Solo Exhibition Selby Fleetwood Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
             Group Exhibition Gallatin River Gallery, Big Sky, MO

2007   Group Exhibition Gallery 212, Aspen, CO
             Group Exhibition Art Basel, FL
             Group Exhibition Knoxville Museum of Art

2006   Solo Exhibition Gallatin River Gallery, Big Sky, MO
            Group Exhibition Selby Fleetwood Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
            Group Exhibition Selby Fleetwood Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2005   Group Exhibition Selby Fleetwood Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
           Group Exhibition Fresh Paint Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
           Group Exhibition Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque, NM
           Group Exhibition Center For the arts, Jackson hole, WY

2004   Solo Exhibition Selby Fleetwood Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
          Group Exhibition Gallatin River Gallery, Big Sky, MO
           Solo Exhibition Kyobashi Center, Tokyo, Japan

2003   Group Show Gallatin River Gallery, Big Sky Montana
           Group Exhibition Selby Fleetwood Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2002   Group Exhibition The Original Art Show, NY
           Group Exhibition Gallatin River Gallery, MO

2001   Group Exhibition Ritter Benefit Exhibition San Rafael, CA
           Group Exhibition Gallatin River Gallery, Big Sky, MO

2000   Group Exhibition Gallatin River Gallery, Big Sky, MO

 

 

 

 

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