Our 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.
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 2005Some examples of Alex’s work:
Acrylic On Canvas
61 x 61 cm
71 x 71 (framed)
Memorial price £185
(List price £400)
Acrylic On Board
76 x 61 cm
86 x 71 (framed)
Memorial price £200 (under offer)
(List price £400)
Mixed Media On Board
61 x 92 cm
76 x 107 (framed)
Memorial price £250
(List price £600)