Caldwell Snyder Gallery

"Off to Sea": Recent Paintings by Nicholas Wilton

"Off to Sea": Recent Paintings by Nicholas Wilton

Thursday, June 5, 2014Monday, June 30, 2014

341 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA 94108 USA

Artist Reception: Thursday, June 5 th 2014

San Francisco, CA – California artist Nicholas Wilton’s atmospheric, richly layered paintings function like visual poems, hinting at underlying dialogues and striking a delicate balance between sp ontaneous action and careful gesture. Rendered in a unique, intuitive color palette ranging from bold blues and blacks to soft pastels, his paintings manage to seem at once ephemeral and structured, loosely woven and tightly conceived. Their graphic and rh ythmic compositions seize our attention, while their subtle patterns and details — innovative textures, paint drips, embedded symbols — invite quiet examination. Looking at them, we have the sense that we’re reading a private visual language, the result of yea rs of development and introspection on the artist’s part.

Like the expressionist painter Kandinsky, who believed deeply in the spiritual power and content of art, Wilton charges his canvases with the energy and rhythm of thought. Elements of the real worl d often figure into his paintings — letters of the alphabet, a word, an object such as a cup or flower — but the overall images remain abstract, hovering at the edge of interpretation. “It’s the accuracy of feeling I am interested in rather than the accuracy o f a specific representation,” Wilton has said. Each painting is a mediation between his creative mind and the viewer’s, designed to be “reinterpreted, incorporated into the experiences and personal stories of others.”

Born in San Francisco, Wilton was educ ated at the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, and studied as a teenager with contemporary glass artist Ludwig Schaffrath — a design influence that can still be felt in the fluid yet ordered nature of his artwork. His paintings have been included in gal lery exhibitions around the U.S., placed in numerous collections, and featured on book covers, a U.S. postage stamp, and elsewhere in the public sphere. He lives and works in Northern California.