Ges Wilson studied at Loughborough and Exeter Colleges of Art before moving to Cornwall in the mid-1980s to teach painting at a Penzance school. She has remained in arts education ever since, as Principal of the St Ives School of Painting between 2000 and 2004 and currently as a tutor for degree students in Cornwall. She combines this with her own painting, often making sketches on the coast at dawn, before the holidaymakers arrive. Ges lives in Penzance and has a studio just yards from the beach in Mount's Bay.
Ges paints semi-abstract landscapes, inspired by the coastal scenes of Penwith. However, it is for her figurative works that she is perhaps best known. These arise from life drawings, simplified so as to describe an experience or memory rather than a detailed observation of the subject matter. Ges generally works with oil paints, with caput mortem providing the blood-red colour that is present in many of her figures.
Ges has exhibited widely in the West Country and further afield. She has held 'Artist in Residence' positions in studios in the UK and France. Ges is a member of the St Ives Society of Artists and a Professional Freelance Artist for Tate St Ives.
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