Brian Wilson

I am a photographer and printmaker who employs traditional as well as digital techniques, often mixing them (scanning or photographing part of a traditional print back as a layer of a digital print, using traditional intaglio techniques over a digital print, etc.).

In my printmaking, I am trying to get in touch with emotions put straight on the print - my mind is quite overactive and I could spend weeks, months or longer trying to decide if it was "done" or not if I let myself! So thus the purposeful intent to put emotion straight to the work and let my emotions and subconscious be the arbiter without interference from my conscious mind.

I employ textural, abstract, primitive and sometimes traditional drawing on the plate in my printmaking work.

In my photography, I enjoy creating cinematic moods through lighting and placement. I am inspired by noir/neo-noir as well as abstract photography. In the end, if the viewer feels something when they see the image, then I consider it successful.

I also am working toward sculpture via woodturning. I found out I really enjoy working with wood in a workshop I took and have become proficient at pen making and spindle work and am moving toward bowls and larger forms. I guess with a background in Physics and IT as well as Art & Design, there is a certain timeless feeling to working with wood and hand tools that appeals to me.



My printmaking work has evolved from more traditional (Intaglio, Linoleum block prints, etc.) to try to gasp emotions, moods and concepts that have to be felt or experienced, so my work has moved in a move abstract style incorporating textural and primitive elements as I strive to create visual imagery that shows the emotional response to a thought, mood or concept.

Untitled Abstract Monoprint “Untitled Abstract Monoprint”

10in x 18in on Somerset Velvet Paper
I really wanted to explore subtle, muted shades in this piece. It is a combination digital and hand printed intaglio (gotta love wooden spoons!) At the time, I had been thinking of the beautiful transitions between shades in Rothko's works as well as some of the abstract photography in Sugimoto's "Seascapes". The end result is a merging of photographic, digital and traditional printmaking techniques..