Category Archives: Exhibitions

Dementia UK: Art for Good works!

The Alex Wilson Memorial Exhibition on 19th September raised over £3,500 for Dementia UK. We sold more than thirty of Alex’s paintings ensuring his art lives on and will continue to be enjoyed – art for good! Our father would have been so happy to hear the favourable comments his work received; such a pity he’s no longer here to appreciate it. We still have some of the larger pieces available and plan another exhibition to continue raising funds for Dementia UK’s Admiral Nurses.


Alex’s gallery:

Photography by Steve McDonald

Art for good …

Catalog for exhibitionOur father, Alex Wilson, died earlier this year in a care home In Hailsham. He had Dementia with Lewy Bodies, a distressing form of the disease affecting mobility and muscle function as well as causing cognitive impairment and hallucinations. He was an artist but even in the early stages of his illness became unable to paint or draw. He had been prolific, creating a diverse portfolio of work and exhibiting in Sussex over the years. He leaves a large body of abstract paintings and to honour his talent and creativity we are exhibiting around fifty pieces of work and all proceeds from sales of his work, donations and a raffle will go to Dementia UK via our JustGiving page.

The exhibition is being hosted by Lindfield Arts Festival on 19th September 2015. LAF is a community arts festival celebrating music, art, crafts, drama, poetry and comedy. It’s an ideal family weekend with events for everyone. The exhibition of Alex’s work is at The Stables, All Saints Church, 122 High Street, Lindfield from 10am to 4pm.

Dementia UK provide Admiral Nurses with the vision of  ensuring “People living with and affected by dementia will receive compassionate expert care and support that is right for them, to live positive and fulfilling lives”.  Both Alex and his immediate family would have benefitted hugely by having this type of support and we hope to raise funds to help others in the same situation.

You can visit his online gallery to browse or even purchase his work or get more details on our event Facebook page if you’d like to come to the exhibition.

Artist’s Statement:

I am often asked about the sources of my ideas and there isn’t a simple answer. My work is primarily spontaneous and intuitive and I paint from the heart – letting the colours and texture do the talking. Of course I have been influenced (and who hasn’t!) by many of the great artists, and this rich store of imagery and ideas feeds my subconscious and inevitably contributes to my output. I use a variety of brushes and sculpture tools; some work features impasto whereas in others paint is applied very thinly to the surface. I love to experiment and this has resulted in work in many media, including pen and ink, watercolour, acrylic and oil.

The title of a piece frequently presents itself at a late stage or even after the work is complete. Abstract pieces tend to develop without any preconception on my part and much of my enjoyment comes from the different interpretations placed upon my paintings; people see a variety of shapes and designs that may be inconsistent with the “theme” or title. The finished painting is therefore only half the equation and it becomes whole only after the concept or idea communicates with the viewer.

Alex Wilson, 14th July 2005AGW - Poster - Final - smlSome examples of Alex’s work:

Acrylic On Canvas Pine Frame 61 x 61 cm 71 x 71 (framed) Memorial price £185 (List price £400)

Acrylic On Canvas
Pine Frame
61 x 61 cm
71 x 71 (framed)
Memorial price £185
(List price £400)

Acrylic On Board Painted Frame 76 x 61 cm 86 x 71 (framed) Memorial price £200 (under offer) (List price £400)

Acrylic On Board
Painted Frame
76 x 61 cm
86 x 71 (framed)
Memorial price £200 (under offer)
(List price £400)

Mixed Media On Board Pine Frame 61 x 92 cm 76 x 107 (framed) Memorial price £250 (List price £600)

Mixed Media On Board
Pine Frame
61 x 92 cm
76 x 107 (framed)
Memorial price £250
(List price £600)

Out on the fringe ….

The Brighton Photo Fringe that is!  Concurrently with the Brighton Photo Biennial (the largest photography exhibition in the UK), the Fringe runs from 4th October – 3rd November 2014. I am very excited to share the gallery with five other local photographers, Colin Miller ARPS, Audrey Marshall ARPS, Steve Boyle ARPS, Nicola Miles and Sylwia Liszak. We will be exhibiting in the brand new Artista Gallery and Studio, right in the heart of the city.

Each of us has a different style and approach but we share commitment, a personal vision and fierce independence in what we make and show. Working as a team with gallery owner Alex, we have agreed how to share the quirky exhibition space to showcase everyone’s work to its best advantage and are working on our marketing strategy together. We will be having an open Preview Evening on October 3rd, but if you can’t come then, do pop in anytime during the month for a coffee, drink or food and see “Six Photographers Under One Roof”.

I’ll bring you more news as we fine tune our plans, suffice to say it will be worth visiting!



Uckfield Art Trail 2014

The Art Trail is in its ninth year …. from a tiny acorn planted in 2005 has grown a very well attended exhibition, filled with art of all types, glasswork, photography, crafts and workshops at the Civic Centre in Uckfield. After five years of being involved in the organisation, I took a break and returned last year as an exhibitor. So much less stressful but still a fair amount of work selecting and preparing your work. What to share?! Last year I exhibited images from my non-profit work in South Africa, Tanzania and Thailand. Visitors were fascinated to hear about the organisations I’d worked with and why I’d decided to get involved. This year I just wasn’t sure.

Eventually I chose a selection from trips to Nepal, Bali and Cambodia, landscapes from the US, work from Brighton Pride and a macro shot of a tulip, photographed at home … I’m not always away you know! I was aiming to show variety in my work as I’m interested in so many aspects of life and photography.

It was a lovely experience. The pleasure in meeting old friends and seeing how their work has developed is immense, as is encountering new artists and new ideas. It was so busy I felt sometimes visitors couldn’t see our work properly but some returned when it was quieter and there was more time to enjoy the experience.  Below is one of my personal favourites, followed by a selection of images from the weekend – I was the “official” photographer as well!


My image of a Cambodian girl near Tonle Sap Lake was one of the most popular and I love it!

Uckfield Art Trail 2014

Uckfield Art Trail 2014

Uckfield Art Trail 2014