David Wilson was born in Newcastle upon Tyne in 1959.
'Growing up in the east end, amongst the redevelopments of the 70s is so far removed from where and how I live my life now'.
Educated at the Universities of Manchester and Durham, David taught for a year in 1983 then began his career in the visual arts working on a community arts project in East Durham.
'The first real understanding of painting came whilst I was copying old masters for a living. Painting to order, looking at how different styles came about and how paint worked was tremendously valuable to me'
In 1986 David finished his mountaineering qualifications and started taking part in mountaineering expeditions that took him to remote mountainous parts of the world.
'It was because of these expeditions that my love of the mountain environment developed. I discovered that in the mountains, light and form can stimulate the most magical feelings in us all. I found I had to seek out a way to represent these feelings visually'.
In 1995 David moved his Studio to the 'Outdoor Capital of the UK' in Fort William, Building his own gallery/studio The Lime Tree An Ealdhain Gallery. As well as showing his own work the Gallery hosts shows from National touring collections.
'I now live at the foot of Ben Nevis. I see the mountains change every day. I work as a visual artist in the place I was meant to be'
'Every life has a moment like this, a trauma that breaks you into brand-new pieces'
Nathan Hill -'The Nix'
Changing Times - New Realities
My moment first arrived in the summer of 2013 with a diagnosis of Cancer. Treatment went well and until March 2019, I thought I'd beaten this dreadful illness. Unfortunately that was an illusion and a total collapse of my spine revealed that the disease was back in my blood and bones. Fantastic surgeons in Glasgow have rebuilt my spine but I'll never be able to work the way I have - working with art materials below me, bend over hanging above the artwork (see video) I've decided not to let this illness take away my creativity. I just have to find a different way to produce images.
My plan now is to produce original hand made digital images using the latest iPad graphics. The following galleries to come will contain these images. I hope you decide to join me on my visual journey and I welcome, in-fact demand that you let me know what you think of this last body of work. It will help me keep going for as long as I can.
'Illness will not define me'
New Project ' The Journeys'
I have made many adventurous journeys into many of the worlds remote areas. I always keep a sketch record of these journeys. Now that illness has given me time I need a visual art project. Have decided to revisit these images to produce using the IPAD new work based on these journeys. See Journeys page