Nicholas Wilton

Wilton’s atmospheric, richly layered paintings function like visual poems, hinting at underlying dialogues and striking a delicate balance between spontaneous action and careful gesture. Rendered in a unique, intuitive color palette ranging from bold blues and blacks to soft pastels, his paintings manage to seem at once ephemeral and structured, loosely woven and tightly conceived. Their graphic and rhythmic compositions seize our attention, while their subtle patterns and details—innovative textures, paint drips, embedded symbols—invite quiet examination. Looking at them, we have the sense that we’re reading a private visual language, the result of years of development and introspection on the artist’s part.

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Biography

Nicholas Wilton creates paintings from a place of freedom, optimism and intuition, with dynamic compositions that reflect a liberating personal journey. “In life,” he says, “it sometimes is necessary to just let go of everything and simply leave. To go off to sea...At best this is slightly daunting, and at worst it is extremely frightening. It is in this difficulty, however, this letting go, that has informed and galvanized this new series of paintings.”

Like the expressionist painter Kandinsky, who believed deeply in the spiritual power and content of art, Wilton charges his canvases with the energy of thought. His atmospheric paintings are visual poems that hint at underlying dialogues. Their graphic, rhythmic compositions seize our attention, while their unexpected textures, paint drips, and embedded symbols invite close examination.

Made during a period of courageous personal and creative exploration, Wilton’s latest works push his private visual language and color palette further into innovative territory. As he says, they “hold within them both darkness and lightness, as well as tremendous optimism and joy. Joy in re-finding my faith, not just in intuition and spontaneity, but also in life itself.”

Born in San Francisco, Wilton was educated at the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, and studied as a teenager with contemporary glass artist Ludwig Schaffrath—a design influence that manifests in the fluid yet ordered nature of his artwork. His paintings have been included in gallery exhibitions around the U.S., placed in numerous collections, and featured on book covers, a U.S. postage stamp, and elsewhere in the public sphere. He lives and works in Northern California.

Born
1961 San Francisco, CA.

Education
1983-86 College of Creative Studies, University of Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA.
1979-83 BFA, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA.

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2016 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
2015 The Color of Chance, Caldwell Snyder Gallery,
St. Helena, CA.
2014 Off To Sea, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
2013 Campton Gallery, New York City, NY.
2012 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
2011 Costello Childs Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ.
2010 Gallatin River Gallery, Big Sky, MO.
Selby Fleetwood Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.
Gallery Jones, Vancouver, Canada.
2009 Gallatin River Gallery, Big Sky, MO.
2008 Selby Fleetwood Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.
2007 Gallatin River Gallery, Big Sky, MO.
2006 Gallatin River Gallery, Big Sky, MO.
2005 Selby Fleetwood Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.
Kyobashi Center, Tokyo, Japan.
2000 Selby Fleetwood Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.
Kyobashi Center, Tokyo, Japan.
1996 Olga Dolar Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
1993 Agnes Bourne Showroom, San Francisco, CA.

Selected Group Exhibitions
2016 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA.
Context Miami, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Miami, FL.
Art Market SF, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco CA.
Context NY, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, New York, NY.
2015 Context Miami, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Miami, FL.
Art Silicon Valley, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Mateo, CA.
Art Market SF, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco CA.
2014 Silicon Valley Art Fair, Caldwell Snyder Gallery,
San Mateo, CA.
Context Miami, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Miami FL.
Silicon Valley Contemporary, Caldwell Snyder Gallery,
San Jose, CA.
Art Southampton, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Southampton, NY.
Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
2013 LA Art Show, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA.
2012 LA Art Show, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
Scope Miami, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Miami, FL.
Sremmel Gallery, Reno, NV.
2011 Costello Childs Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ.
Sremmel Gallery, Reno, NV.
2009 Gallery 212, Aspen, CO.
Selby Fleetwood Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.
2008 Gallatin River Gallery, Big Sky, MO.
Gallery 212, Aspen, CO.
Art Basel, Miami, FL.
Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN.
2007 Selby Fleetwood Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.
2006 Selby Fleetwood Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.
Fresh Paint Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque, NM.
Center for the Arts, Jackson Hole, WY.
2005 Gallatin River Gallery, Big Sky, MO.
2004 Gallatin River Gallery, Big Sky, MO.
Selby Fleetwood Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.
2003 Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville, TN.
2002 Gallatin River Gallery, Big Sky, MO.
2001 Ritter Benefit Exhibition San Rafael, CA.
Gallatin River Gallery, Big Sky, MO.
2000 Gallatin River Gallery, Big Sky, MO.
1999 Society of Illustration, New York City, NY.
1995 Susan Cummins Gallery, Mill Valley, CA.
1994 Olga Dolar Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
Marin Arts Council, Corte Madera, CA.
San Geronimo Cultural Center, San Geronimo, CA.

Grants
1995 Marin Arts Council Grant

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Selected Artworks

Born
1961 San Francisco, CA.

Education
1983-86 College of Creative Studies, University of Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA.
1979-83 BFA, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA.

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2016 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
2015 The Color of Chance, Caldwell Snyder Gallery,
St. Helena, CA.
2014 Off To Sea, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
2013 Campton Gallery, New York City, NY.
2012 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
2011 Costello Childs Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ.
2010 Gallatin River Gallery, Big Sky, MO.
Selby Fleetwood Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.
Gallery Jones, Vancouver, Canada.
2009 Gallatin River Gallery, Big Sky, MO.
2008 Selby Fleetwood Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.
2007 Gallatin River Gallery, Big Sky, MO.
2006 Gallatin River Gallery, Big Sky, MO.
2005 Selby Fleetwood Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.
Kyobashi Center, Tokyo, Japan.
2000 Selby Fleetwood Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.
Kyobashi Center, Tokyo, Japan.
1996 Olga Dolar Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
1993 Agnes Bourne Showroom, San Francisco, CA.

Selected Group Exhibitions
2016 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA.
Context Miami, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Miami, FL.
Art Market SF, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco CA.
Context NY, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, New York, NY.
2015 Context Miami, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Miami, FL.
Art Silicon Valley, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Mateo, CA.
Art Market SF, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco CA.
2014 Silicon Valley Art Fair, Caldwell Snyder Gallery,
San Mateo, CA.
Context Miami, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Miami FL.
Silicon Valley Contemporary, Caldwell Snyder Gallery,
San Jose, CA.
Art Southampton, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Southampton, NY.
Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
2013 LA Art Show, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA.
2012 LA Art Show, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
Scope Miami, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Miami, FL.
Sremmel Gallery, Reno, NV.
2011 Costello Childs Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ.
Sremmel Gallery, Reno, NV.
2009 Gallery 212, Aspen, CO.
Selby Fleetwood Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.
2008 Gallatin River Gallery, Big Sky, MO.
Gallery 212, Aspen, CO.
Art Basel, Miami, FL.
Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN.
2007 Selby Fleetwood Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.
2006 Selby Fleetwood Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.
Fresh Paint Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque, NM.
Center for the Arts, Jackson Hole, WY.
2005 Gallatin River Gallery, Big Sky, MO.
2004 Gallatin River Gallery, Big Sky, MO.
Selby Fleetwood Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.
2003 Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville, TN.
2002 Gallatin River Gallery, Big Sky, MO.
2001 Ritter Benefit Exhibition San Rafael, CA.
Gallatin River Gallery, Big Sky, MO.
2000 Gallatin River Gallery, Big Sky, MO.
1999 Society of Illustration, New York City, NY.
1995 Susan Cummins Gallery, Mill Valley, CA.
1994 Olga Dolar Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
Marin Arts Council, Corte Madera, CA.
San Geronimo Cultural Center, San Geronimo, CA.

Grants
1995 Marin Arts Council Grant

Biography

Nicholas Wilton creates paintings from a place of freedom, optimism and intuition, with dynamic compositions that reflect a liberating personal journey. “In life,” he says, “it sometimes is necessary to just let go of everything and simply leave. To go off to sea...At best this is slightly daunting, and at worst it is extremely frightening. It is in this difficulty, however, this letting go, that has informed and galvanized this new series of paintings.”

Like the expressionist painter Kandinsky, who believed deeply in the spiritual power and content of art, Wilton charges his canvases with the energy of thought. His atmospheric paintings are visual poems that hint at underlying dialogues. Their graphic, rhythmic compositions seize our attention, while their unexpected textures, paint drips, and embedded symbols invite close examination.

Made during a period of courageous personal and creative exploration, Wilton’s latest works push his private visual language and color palette further into innovative territory. As he says, they “hold within them both darkness and lightness, as well as tremendous optimism and joy. Joy in re-finding my faith, not just in intuition and spontaneity, but also in life itself.”

Born in San Francisco, Wilton was educated at the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, and studied as a teenager with contemporary glass artist Ludwig Schaffrath—a design influence that manifests in the fluid yet ordered nature of his artwork. His paintings have been included in gallery exhibitions around the U.S., placed in numerous collections, and featured on book covers, a U.S. postage stamp, and elsewhere in the public sphere. He lives and works in Northern California.