Celia Wilson

Celia completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Elam School of Fine Art, University of Auckland in 2007, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours at Canterbury University in 2008.

Whilst Celia uses conventional artist paint, since 2007 she has also been researching the availability and the historical and current uses of earth, mineral and plant pigments in New Zealand, mainly those of North Canterbury and Banks Peninsula.  Using paint made with the mediums of watercolour, acrylic or oil, she endeavours to reveal the characteristics and intrinsic qualities of the pigments.  Pigments can also define place by linking their unique attributes to location.  Form and image in her works are developed with the minimum of intent and intervention on the part of the artist, to allow the materiality of the paint to express itself.

Her interest in landscape stems from a curiosity of how land is formed, and how humanity has changed both the land and its biota. A practical involvement with the land (since 1989) has included the design, establishment and running of a certified organic orchard for ten years until 2007.  Celia is now living and working in Oxford.

In 2010 she had a solo exhibition, Colours from the Earth, at The Chamber Gallery, in Rangiora, and a group exhibition, Forms of Attention, at the Arts in Oxford Gallery.  Two forthcoming group exhibitions are scheduled for the Papakura Gallery and the Hastings City Art Gallery in 2012.  The Wallace Arts Trust holds two of Celia’s paintings, and her artworks are also in private collections in the United Kingdom, China and New Zealand.