Celia Wilkinson, St Lawrence, Isle of Wight
‘I don’t just paint what I see …it’s as much about what I feel; My paintings say what I can’t put into words’
It is well worth a trip to Binnel Studios to look at the artwork available, but whilst there visit Celia Wilkinson. Celia’s paintings are mainly based on the landscape around Niton on the Isle of Wight, with which she is very familiar. She paints from memory and she feels this enables her to capture the essence of a time and place, rather than just a visual representation. Celia likes to move out of her comfort zone when she paints and likes to give the viewer something to contemplate.
Her influences include Patrick Heron, Paul Nash, Ivon Hitchins ,Peter Lanyon, Paul Klee, and Picasso amongst a host of others. These artists, she feels, have broken traditions of landscape painting with their very individual styles of mark making. She is interested in the process of deconstructing the landscape and piecing it back together, so from a distance it is recognisable but the closer you get the more abstracted it becomes, so the painting draws the viewer in. Patrick Heron’s landscapes, in particular have been an influence in this regard.
Celia attended Central School of art for her Foundation and went on to take her BA Hons Fine Art at St Martin’s School of Art, London. She lived and worked in London until 2001 when she moved to the Isle of Wight.
Celia continued to exhibit with her London galleries but also wanted to be involved with art on the Isle of Wight. She takes part in both the Open Studios in July and Isle of Arts Festival and has been Art Director of Hillside Bistro since it opened in April 2012, organizing a new artists to show their work every 4-6 weeks.