John Wilson is best known for his unique take on art; painting childlike pictures of people, set in places such as art galleries or on a street full of shops & astoundingly in the background he often paints realistic miniatures of old art masters.
It would be easy to dismiss his paintings at first glance as just â€˜childishâ€™ or â€˜so easy anyone could do themâ€™ but you must scrutinize them to appreciate the true genius behind them.
â€˜The Lowryâ€™ limited edition print by John Wilson
Using bright colours which accentuate the naivety of parts of his art is his trademark & preferring slightly more subdued colours in many of his backgrounds. I find it amazing how he blends the aforementioned â€˜art masterpiecesâ€™ and integrates them into his backgrounds, which often makes people do a double-take & demands several views to appreciate â€“ itâ€™s so subtle that in some instances you totally overlook they are even there!
â€˜A Day In Provenceâ€™ limited edition print by John Wilson
John Wilson also makes 3D wall sculptures, which look brilliant because, firstly they are so boldly shaped & because the finished product often contains optical illusions within them â€“ with the figures & objects moving as you view the piece from different angles.
In the 3D piece â€˜Mind Gamesâ€™ itâ€™s as though you are looking down several corridors in an art gallery and the characters appear to move before your eyes!. It is â€˜mindâ€™ boggling how he is able to achieve this unique finish.
â€˜Mind Gamesâ€™ limited edition wall sculpture by John Wilson
(seen from 2 angles)
John also released two sculptures featuring the child-like figures within his paintings. Named â€˜Boisterous Boysâ€™ and â€˜Gorgeous Girls,â€™ they are brightly coloured & vivid recreations, as though they have stepped off the canvas! I find it exciting to see his characters brought to life in sculpture, they immediately make you smile and think of your own childhood or perhaps your first painting lesson?
â€˜Boisterous Boyâ€™ limited edition sculpture by John Wilson
The artist also paints in a yet another very different style. Using more â€˜reservedâ€™ colouring, he paints towns & streets with houses & concrete pavements but normally with beautiful blue or yellow skies & a splash of colour on some of the houses! They are much more non-descript in comparison to his other naive art but wonderful in their own right – â€˜Underneath The Archesâ€™ & â€˜Timeless Townâ€™ are 2 such pieces that spring to mind.
â€˜The Corner Shopâ€™ limited edition print by John Wilson
It is interesting to juxtapose the artistâ€™s two very distinct & almost opposing styles & the two mediums: paintings & sculptures; perhaps as a result, this is why he has such a large fan base. I believe his second style (see â€˜The Corner Shopâ€™ above) shares certain similarities with Paul Horton’s artwork, because they paint similar people & houses in similar styles in similar colours but both amazingly uplifting images as well.