Meet The Artist

Gordon Wilson is recognised as one of Scotland's most exciting and intriguing contemporary artists. Born in 1968, he grew up in Glasgow where he still based today. He studied at The Glasgow School Of Art and has worked in the art industry for many years as a designer and picture framer before becoming a full time professional artist.

Working from his Glasgow studio, Gordon paints a range of subject matter in his pieces,  from quirky portraiture to emotive land and seascapes, with his love of the west coast of Scotland shining throughout. His much loved paintings of old ladies (Biddies), Belted Galloway's and characterful Clyde 'puffers' allow him to create amusing narratives in his paintings.
Within each painting is a huge amount of work, building layers of colour that keep you noticing something new each time you return to view. His technique involves layering thick, textured paint to create a sense of movement and vitality.
Gordon has had sell out solo exhibitions in the UK and has participated in prestigious group exhibitions in leading art galleries all over the world.

Please click the link to watch a short video about Gordon.



I was contacted by the BBC to take part in a piece of filming with Dame Judi Dench for a very special edition of Countryfile. She is a very keen artist herself, painting with watercolours so the idea was to show her a painting technique she had never tried before. The day before filming, I did a very large, rough oil sketch of a Belted Galloway (she loves cows!) and wild poppies I made sure to leave the foreground empty to allow Dame Judi to go crazy with the pallet knife thus creating some massive focal point flowers. Dame Judi was diagnosed with age related Macular Degeneration in 2012 so using bold red and large poppies allowed her to immerse herself fully in the experience. Dame Judi is the most charming and wonderfully humble, down to earth lady you could ever meet and it was an absolute pleasure painting with her.

The programme was aired on BBC 1 on Sunday 3rd September and is available to watch on BBC iplayer.