RICHARD WILSON "My work is informed by a kind of equilibrium between what I see as “human nature” and “landscape nature.” Therefore I use rectilinear/ architectural form combined with light, color and atmospheric effects. These paintings are inspired by me surroundings in Northern California, by strong memories of my grandparents’ flower farm, the climate and color of the Santa Cruz coastline where I grew up, by the evocative qualities of music, particularly the rhythms of jazz, and most recently the reminiscences of childhood trips on Route 66.
The relief paintings were developed to more clearly focus on measure through the visual effects and importance of area, amount, degree, length, depth, width, size and number. I want each panel to be beautiful, not only in relation to it’s place in the linear contour, but also in itself. The painted edges and the change of planes employed in the work renders the viewing all at once impossible, which allows the paintings to unfold in time and space like music in the landscape.
The paintings’ surface qualities needed to be kept at a minimum. Consequently, flattened acrylic paint was carefully and evenly applied to each stretched canvas, and contained by precise boundaries in order to concentrate attention on the effect of color, shape, proportion and cadence. The work certainly represents a reaction to the disembodied digital “world.”