Growing up in London, Leise Wilson was always drawn to open spaces and being outside, blue skies or otherwise. Regular visits to her family in Kent instilled in her a fascination for the unique light of the coast, developing an intuitive memory for fleeting colors. In her paintings, these moments of seductive observation enliven the everyday vista with icy sapphire blue sky’s, peach bathed white cliffs and an aureolin blaze of wild fennel in bloom.
Wilson believes in beauty. Her landscapes are knowingly imbued with an aestheticism exploring sentiment, the sensory-emotional values of painting and of subject, and of the capability of the image to explore the metaphysical. Their sublime noiseless spaciousness engages with beauty as a great communicator, generous, a place of mutual exchange. But also as contemplation, transience, and the search for meaning, challenging the continuing tendency to take landscape art at face value. - Text by Simon Foxall
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