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River of Change, New Paintings by Nicholas Wilton    Jun 7 - Jun 30, 2012


Artist Reception, Thursday, June 7th 5-7PM

Nicholas Wilton’s paintings are visual poems, informed by nature and personal experiences. Color, texture, and organic forms are layered into a complex visual weave that’s informed by underlying feelings and the complexity of life. This new body of work relies on the metaphorical, patterning and the abstract, rather than any particular literal iconography that defined his earlier work. 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. It 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 spontaneous process of combining excavated color and texture informs the content and final outcome of Wilton’s work. The delicate balance and juxtaposition of opposites, whether physical or spiritual, are poignantly presented in all of Wilton’s paintings. The paradox of change—notions of risk, fear and intuition—all coexist within a veil of optimism and hopefulness that permeate Wilton’s art.

Nicholas Wilton was born in San Francisco, and spent his youth exploring the wilderness areas of Marin County. As a young adult he studied design with the German contemporary glass artist Ludwig Schaffrath, who catalyzed his ongoing passion for art making. Wilton studied art at the College of Creative Studies in Santa Barbara and went on to receive his received his BFA from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. In addition to gallery exhibitions and the inclusion in numerous private and corporate collections, 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”.

Nicholas also is the founder of the Artplane Method, a system of fundamental painting and intuition principles that help enable the creative process. He teaches workshops utilizing these principles and is completing a book titled the “Artful Life” which details the metaphorical comparisons of art making and life.

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