David Wilson

David Wilson has a passion for traditional steel plate etching processes and the detail that can be achieved with a needle and tiny brush. He has a love of old things with his practice being fuelled by a fascination for Classical and Renaissance sculpture, where the story of time’s passing can be seen in the richly textured surface patinas and breakages on marble and bronze, much in the same way that we show the visible scars of the passing of time. Wilson captures the aesthetic qualities of this ageing process using aquatint techniques and the gradual building up of intricate brush marks. He often brings a contemporary edge to his representational studies of these sculptures through use of patterned wallpapers to create contrast and impact. He produces these works as an homage to the timeless beauty of Ancient Greek and Renaissance sculpture, a beauty that only increases with the passing of time.