‘The Bad & The Beautiful’ will feature twelve new original paintings by Colin Wilson drawing inspiration from Hollywood’s classical Film Noir period and 1940s and 50s stars of the silver screen. The collection encompasses the timeless style and elegance of the era with icons including Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley and Humphrey Bogart.
The exhibition marks the artist’s foray into collage, initially inspired by an attempt to make a stop motion film.
Wilson: “I had the idea of using black and white print outs of film stars along with copious amounts of cardboard and wire to create a very basic stop motion animation. Having absolutely no experience in this department it wasn't a very straightforward process and as a defeated man I soon took it back to the easel.”
Each painting combines collaged elements with abstract hand painted backgrounds, created to replicate the film sets or scenes specific to each character. The new works have been so successful that many of the images will inform future large scale compositions by the artist.
Since graduating from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in 2010, Wilson has established a distinctive and engaging style which has led to support from several leading collectors and major art institutions. His work was featured in ‘The New Contemporaries’ at the National Gallery of Scotland which proved to be a watershed moment in the young artist’s career.