Keith Wilson was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1971. He studied at Methodist College, Belfast, the University of Ulster and at Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland, gaining an Honours Degree and a further Postgraduate Diploma in 1995. He returned to Ireland in 1995.
In 1999 he was invited by the Ballinglen Arts Foundation in County Mayo to take up a six week painting residency and, having completed this, since 2000 he has been living in and working from a rural home studio in North Mayo. His most recent work has been inspired by the garden of his home and its immediate surroundings.
He has held numerous solo exhibitions throughout Ireland and has taken part in many group shows at home and in the United Kingdom as well as various exhibitions in Europe and the USA.
In 2005, he was the winner of the AXA Insurance Drawing prize at the Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin and in 2006 was the recipient of the Hennessy-Craig Scholarship Award, also at the RHA, for the painting ‘Returning’.
In October 2006 he was elected an Associate Member of the Royal Ulster Academy, Belfast.
In March 2008 he was shortlisted for the Golden Fleece Award in Dublin.
During 2009 he spent three months as artist in residence at the new R.H.A. studios in Dublin and also participated in 'Monoprint 09' at the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point.
In 2010 he was awarded Mayo County Council's Bursary Award to take up a residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Co. Monaghan. He was also elected a full member of the Royal Ulster Academy.
April 25th, 2019 | 31 mins 1 sec
art, ireland, keith wilson, rebecca crowell, travel
Rebecca talks to Keith Wilson, an artist from Northern Ireland, about his working process and his way of finding importance in his immediate surroundings.