Veronica Wilton

Veronica Wilton is a British artist known for her sculptural objects, forms and compositions which are charged with personal significance.

 

Her subjects are drawn from the natural world, memory, or found objects. Each is subjected to intense scrutiny, and a meticulous method of working by hand, mould-making and casting in various materials. Each project goes through a process of transformation, in terms of materials, and significance, - as she opens up new possible readings. Through this reworking, each motif becomes part of a lexicon which is entirely her own, and adds to an oeuvre which is at once representational and utterly abstract.

“My work brings my delicate, abstract experiences into a more concrete, physical reality. When I look at things closely, they can begin to open-up and unfold, offering instances of clarity and intense sensual awareness. This is something I want the work to convey.” 
Veronica Wilton

Born in 1965 in London, she grew up in the USA. She then returned to the UK, studying at Chelsea School of Art, and Byam Shaw School of Art. Graduating in 1989, she took part in the British ‘New Contemporaries’, with Damien Hirst, Maud Sulter and other artists of her generation. Through the 90s, she went on to curate exhibitions in unconventional settings and public spaces in London. After a personal loss, she spent time learning to fly light aircraft, an experience she says was important, and flight, lightness, poise and balance, vulnerability versus strength are all visible themes in her work.

 

Wilton’s pieces are in private collections in the UK and USA. Her projects have been awarded backing from Arts Council England, London Arts Board, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Oppenheim Trust, the Royal Society for the Arts, and other sources.

 

Recent solo shows include, ‘The Time is Now’ with Meakin + Parsons, and ‘Helios Rising’ at Close Ltd by whom she is represented.

 

Veronica Wilton currently lives and works in Somerset.

 

EDUCATION

Chelsea School of Art,  1984-86
Byam Shaw School of Art,  1986-89

 

AWARDS / GRANTS
Paul Hamlyn Foundation in 1991 & 1997
Oppenheim-John Downes Trust in 1999
Foundation for Sports and the Arts in 1997
London Borough of Southwark in 1997
London Arts Board in 1995 & 1997
Arts Council England in 1997 & 2009

 

In 1997 curated Siteworks, a series of works in public places around Bankside, during the lead-up to the transformation to Tate Modern; co-curated with Isobel Bowditch, and including artists, Andrew Grassie and Mairéad McClean.

 

PUBLISHED
Siteworks, 1997, Isobel Bowditch, ISBN 0 9531643 0 6
Proposals 1 - 9, 2001, Veronica Wilton