Barry Wilson studied at the Camberwell School of Art and was taught by influential artists such as Bruce Mclean, Cornelia Parker, Jock Mcfadden and Ian Mckeever.
Before becoming a full time artist Barry worked in film and television painting scenery and fronting a changing rooms style tv programme called ‘Room Raiders’.
Barry uses a unique combination of gold leaf... and acrylic paint to create the alluring effect of vintage photography and contemporary glamour. He describes his style as emulating a faint image in an antique mirror or a creased and faded much loved photo. He believes the delicate, fragile beauty of the gold leaf finish belies the somewhat brutal techniques he employs - using industrial spray guns, scouring pads and water jets, scrubbing back the layers of paint to reveal the gold leaf base which seems to give the structure and framework for the painting.
Collaborating with New York fashion photographer Jamie Nelson, Barry's portrait series is both aspirational and approachable. His atmospheric interiors and urban landscapes are equally intriguing and are now included in private collections in the UK, USA and the Far East.
Barry’s highly distinctive paintings have been exhibited in major museum and galleries worldwide with international acclaim, winning the celebrated Saatchi award in 2012. Most recently Saatchi and Saatchi headlined one of Barry’s pieces at charity auction in April 2018 with gold tickets selling for £25,000.