Q + A: Nathan Wilkinson

TAKING HIS CUES FROM RUST AND DETRITUS, NATHAN WILKINSON PAINTS STRANGE FIGURES IN DYSTOPIAN WORLDS.

How would you describe what you do to someone who hasn’t seen your art?

It’s a love/hate relationship. The love and excitement of painting is when things are flowing and the painting takes me on a journey. The frustrating aspects of it are the mistakes I make, which ironically are as important as the good decisions I make. I see in my work a need for people to try and connect with each other and the outdoors. It’s an effort to try and find one’s place in a very strange, often beautiful world. I want to convey the excitement and terror of living during our extremely brief existence.

What materials do you use?

Oil on canvas mostly. I love the stuff, even the smell of it. It can be a frustrating process and you need a tonne of patience. I have been painting for nearly 30 years and I am still learning new ways to use the stuff!

What is your studio life like?

A typical day in the studio for me begins at the end of my Postie job. A strong coffee is followed by a period of staring at the works I have under construction. This can last for up to an hour. Decisions are made, tunes are cranked and it’s time to, as I like to say, “waste some paint”. By scraping, scratching and sanding, an image will reveal itself to me. Then it’s a process of trial and error.

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