Scottie Wilson (1891-1972)
- Distinctive hatch marks provide texture in his works
- populated by sinister ‘greedies and evils’ in his earlier pieces, later replaced serenely decorative swans and fish. (combat between the good and evil)
- fascinated by a pen at a store and felt compelled to use it.
"The pen seem to make me draw, then images, the faces and designs just flowed out. i couldn’t stop - i never stopped since that day"
- He doesn’t like selling his works.
- stuck mainly to a narrow range of visual elements..botanical forms, birds and animals, clowns etc.
"When I’m working I can see what’s happening, and I can imagine what’s going to happen. I can see best when I’m finishing my pictures with a pen. When I’m making strokes; hundreds and thousands of strokes"
- Later drawings are more symmetrical, coloured pencil and wax crayon were added to his tool kit, and the cross-hatching became more complex. One curator has identified 7 styles of cross-hatching angles, double shark’s fin, rope, overlapping shoals, wavy forms, saw teeth and scales.
- evolution of his style was notoriously non-existent and, because he did not date most of his works, it is very difficult to place his works in time apart from the few documentary records that exist
- in 1960s, Wilson began to to create paintings on plates.
- works were initially rendered in black and white ink, later in colour.
- a favourite with the surrealists.
- compositions spread outwards from the support centre and symmetrical to that axis.
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