The work of William Wilkins is unique, both at the level of skill it displays and the length of time it occupies, he paints using a technique based on pointillism. Born of months, even years, of painstaking creation each picture exudes both artistry and joy; a celebration of perception which merits exposure to a wide audience.
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'There is something very original in his work - a purity of tone that sets his paintings apart from anything else that they may seem at first glance to resemble. His eye is utterly flawless in its analysis of the light that forms his principal subject matter, and his hand is unfaltering in rendering it. The result is a series of small pictures that add up to a triumph of the painter's art.' Hilton Kramer, The New York Times
Publication October 2014, £35.00
Author David Fraser Jenkins
Introduction by Geraint Talfan Davies, essay by David Moore. Over 100 colour art illustrations, large format hardback book size 300 x 300mm. Available from all good bookshops, or online: www.graffeg.com
'The paintings of William Wilkins are some of the most beautiful things that I have seen that have been made during my lifetime. This is not just a matter of making a painting of something that is beautiful to start with. That would not work at all. What he has done, which as far as I know is unlike what any other artist has been doing, is to slowly construct out of patches a kind of coloured veil or cloud.' - David Fraser Jenkins 2011
After completing his formal training William Wilkins taught and painted for seven years before making a radical change of direction in the late 60's. At this point he abandoned the abstract work on which he had been engaged and embarked on a rigorous regime of drawing, figure, still life and landscape, which lasted for five years....
Pointillism (pointillisme) is a very rarely used technique, developed by Georges Seurat in the 19th Century. It was experimented with by artists as different as Pisarro and Van Gogh and continued to be used, more or less following his principles, by a number of followers, such as Signac. But the use that William Wilkins makes of it has always favoured pointillism for its abstract surface and potential for rigorous precision rather than for the colour theories or palette.
Wilkins practise of pointillism is focused on the close observation of colour, rather than the application of principles, and whereas classic pointillism uses opaque colour, Wilkins' uses the 'pointe' to explore the poles of opacity and luminosity.
By William Wilkins
Art, Form & Function, Joanna Bird Gallery, 30th October - 30th November 2019.
Recent Works at Martin Tinney Gallery, Cardiff November 2018.
Martin Tinney Gallery
Joint exhibition of ceramics by Yasuhisa Kohyama with paintings by William Wilkins, London, November 2017.
Erskine, Hall & Coe