Kate Wilson is a Toronto-based visual artist whose practice is fluid between site-specific large-scale wall drawing projects, digital painting and animation. Wilson has exhibited nationally and internationally and is a recipient of awards from the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts including the Canada Council for the Arts International Residencies (Paris). Kate Wilson’s images are both familiar and strange: vegetation is intertwined with remnants of industry and architectural elements, celestial bodies appear as molecular structures, and alien forms invade natural wastelands. The drawings themselves are based on small studies, enlarged and then painted directly onto the wall. While Wilson does work with projections, she makes alterations to the images as she works, ensuring that the final piece contains her signature brushwork: light, rapid, and intricate. Because all the drawings are black and white, and applied directly to the gallery wall, they appear to float and to recede and project into and from the wall simultaneously.
Exhibitions include Real Estate Flowers at the Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna, British Columbia; Microbial Baroque, Saint Mary's University Art Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia; CAFKA.09: Veracity, Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener and Area, Kitchener, Ontario; Collages in Motion and Artificial Dreams at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia; Curious Lights at the Union Gallery, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario; Cultural, Temporal and Imagined: Landscape in Recent Contemporary Acquisitions, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia; Ecotopia curated by Amanda Cachia, at the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, and toured to the Southern Alberta Art Gallery, (Lethbridge, Alberta), Nickle Galleries (Calgary, Alberta) and the Kenderdine Art Gallery (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan). In 2014, Kate Wilson participated in the Ontario College of Art & Design University Digital Painting Atelier: Drawing and Painting Program, DPXA Area of Specialization in the Faculty of Art, Toronto, Ontario. Recent residencies include the Doris McCarthy Artist-in-Residence program through the Ontario Heritage Trust, and the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Artist-in-Residence (BAiR) program in Visual + Digital Arts. In 2016, Wilson participated in On Your Mark, a drawing exhibition curated by Anik Glaude, at the Varley Art Gallery, Markham, Ontario. Upcoming exhibitions include Kate Wilson: Site Project, at the Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery, Sarnia, Ontario. She has also participated in group exhibitions at galleries such as The Canadian Cultural Centre, Paris, France; University at Buffalo Center for the Arts, Buffalo, New York USA; HeK (House of Electronic Arts) Basel, Switzerland; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Photographers’ Gallery, London, UK; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA, amongst others.
Wilson’s work can be found in many private, corporate and public gallery collections in Canada and the United States. Kate Wilson is represented by General Hardware Contemporary, Toronto.