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Northern Ireland

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BIO:  Ross Wilson


Ross Wilson lives and works in Northern Ireland. Considered to be one of the most collectable artists of his generation his main concerns are for his locale and the rural vision contained within it…… ``What many others see but do not always feel. His aim is to encourage others to begin their journey of sight, to open up, to see into, to search beyond with the soul of the eye. Ross Wilson graduated with a first class Honours Degree in Fine Art from the University of Ulster, and went on to receive his Masters from the prestigious Chelsea School of Art, London. He strongly believes that an artist can be rural based yet still operate within the international Art World. Since 1980 he has had 26 solo exhibitions and has been included in many important group exhibitions worldwide. He has been a visiting speaker at both Harvard and Oxford Universities. In 1998 he helped set up the innovative `New Art of the Irish` open exhibition as a showcase for a new generation of Irish artists. His many commissions have included those of several Nobel Laureates, that of St Lucian, Nobel Prize winner Derek Walcott for the National Portrait Gallery in London being the most recent; referred to by Wilson as `The Dream Commission`. One earlier commission was that of Seamus Heaney, a study of who hangs in the National Portrait Gallery. The year 1997 saw Ross Wilson`s first public sculpture commission in bronze being placed at the Waterfront Hall, Belfast. In 1998 his second public bronze, the C S Lewis Centenary Sculpture was placed at the Holywood Arches, Belfast. He is currently working towards an exhibition of portrait studies based on the American Playwright Arthur Miller in New York and an installation of portraits based on the Spanish poet Fedrico Garcia Lorca in Granada in Spain.

Wilson, Ross