About Don Wilson

Don Wilson has been a professional Artist, and Musician based in the Wellington region of New Zealand for over twenty years.
He has enjoyed a very successful music career, which has included numerous recordings and television appearances resulting in a number of top ten hits, a gold disc and a number of music industry awards.

His latest CD features cover artwork painted by Don and a booklet with reproductions of twelve of his paintings.

Don’s reputation as an artist is steadily growing and he presently divides his time between painting, sculpture, and music. He has had two very successful solo exhibitions and has exhibited at numerous galleries in the Wellington area. He has regularly exhibited at the Academy of Fine Arts, and his paintings are represented in corporate and private collections both in New Zealand and overseas.
He has received a Telecom Art Award, and has illustrated a children’s book.
He has produced sculpture reproductions that have been marketed in Australia, and he is currently working on a range for the New Zealand market.

Don has an intense love of painting and works both in oil and watercolour.
He describes his painting as realist but slightly stylised in a way that accentuates the elements that excite him about a scene.
“I particularly enjoy the richness and sensuousness of oil, and the employment of clean vibrant colour.

I believe painting for me is all about contrasts within a composition, of form, colour and tone.
I am constantly inspired by my surroundings and by the challenge of capturing the effects of light, both on man-made items and on the random beauty of naturally occurring forms”.

A Wellingtonian by birth, Don has also lived in the U,K; Brazil and Canada. Since 1987 he has lived with his family on the Kapiti coast, a place that he finds a rich source of inspiration.
“I find Wellington a visually stunning area, geographically diverse and with constantly changing moods, that make it an exciting place to be a painter”.