By Graham Chalmers
Is it collage? Or Pop Art? or Fine Art? Or, perhaps, all three at the same time? One of the UK’s most exciting and original young artists, Colin Wilson, is the star of a new exhibition at RedHouse Originals gallery in Harrogate.
Having shown work by Eduardo Paolozzi and Sir Peter Blake in recent years, Wilson’s The Bad and The Beautiful show fits nicely into RedHouse’s updated Pop Art ethos.
Without having to try, RedHouse Originals epitomises streetwise modernity mixed with aesthetic glamour.
While pleasing on the eye, there is a mystery about the Falkirk-born 25-year-old Wilson’s stylish Hollywood obsessed collage/paintings.
Are the mono photos of famous 40s and 50s stars meant to represent fantasy while the handpainted picture postcard backgrounds represent the real world?
Or is it, in fact, the other way round? Wilson himself isn’t answering the question.
He said: “For me the appeal of black and white cinema is not only the aesthetic beauty that can be found inside such a simplistic colour spectrum, but also the fragile sense of innocence that it creates.”