About The Artist
Elaine Wilson was born in Kilmarnock, Scotland.. She studied sculpture at Duncan of Jordanstone School of Art in Dundee and completed an MA at the Royal Academy Schools in London. She has exhibited widely in Europe and America, taught in Barcelona and Florence, and has been a visiting tutor at art colleges throughout the UK. She is presently a senior lecturer in sculpture at City and Guilds of London Art School, London.

Much of Wilson’s work has been made from fired clay. In 1995 she was awarded a residency at the European Ceramic Work Centre in Holland. Subsequently she was selected for an international exhibition of ceramic sculpture in Alden Biesen Castle in Belgium. This was followed on her return to Britain by two exhibitions entitled “Prime”, one at the Royal Society of British Sculptors, where she exhibited a series of 50 porcelain wall objects, the other at the Poole Study Gallery.  In 1996 a work was acquired for the South East Arts collection.

In 2001 a travel bursary to Italy from the JD Fergusson Trust allowed her to visit Rome, Florence and Palermo, where she embarked on a series of small stitched canvases, influenced by the Italian baroque and the anatomical wax models of Lo Specola Museum. This work evolved into a significant series of intricate resin collages exploring pattern, stitch and fabric, leading to inclusion in ‘Fabric’ at Abbot Hall in Kendall, an exhibition that questioned the notion of decorative art as secondary to fine art. These works were further exhibited at England & Co Gallery, London.

In 2008 Wilson was awarded the Norma Lipman Research Bursary spending a year as
artist in residence in ceramic sculpture at Newcastle University. During this year she explored
variations on the figurine, the romantic ideal and ideas on femininity drawn from the writing of Bracha-Ettinger, Joan Riviere and Baudelaire. While inevitably addressing feminist issues, she was primarily interested in the philosophical debates of self-reflection and ‘otherness’, ideas reflected in the large sculpture ‘Seeing Myself Seeing’.

The residency in Newcastle concluded in an exhibition at the Hatton Gallery, entitled ‘Spoiled’, an exhibition of collages ‘A Swarm of Follies’ at The Globe Gallery and further exhibitions at Gift 10 Vyner Street, London, and  Bath Spa University Gallery in May 2010. A monograph of her work entitled ‘Mirror’ was supported by awards from the Arts Council and the Hope Scott Trust and published by Arts Editions North.

Elaine Wilson