David Wilson was born in the Caribbean island-nation. He taught himself to paint all on his own and has been painting for the past thirty-eight years. After immigrating to the USA in 1976, he became interested in the museums in New York and other east coast cities. Due to his fascination with many different museums, he became inspired to advance his painting career and follow in the footsteps of the artists he had seen in the museums. Due to family issues, he was unable to actually studied art, but he did attend York College and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Class of 1980. In 2005, he attended Touro College, graduating with a Masters degree in Instructional Technology, Class of 2009.
His frequent visits to museums all over the USA and more recently London and Paris have served as his own instructor. His obsession with visual puns, which is seen in his artwork, began due to his mother. It has been said that when his mother was teaching him and brother how to read, she had asked is brother identify the map of Italy, which he couldn’t do, his mom then gave him an unforgettable hint. She said, “Italy kicking Sicily.” That then began his passion for visual and auditory puns. But the catalyst that finally ignited his passion for visual puns was the discovery of the double image paintings of the Spanish surrealist painter, Salvador Dali and my reading of Leonardo da Vinci’s. That made him realize that he had found the style in which he wanted to continue painting. He then began to explore this style to the fullest extent as possible.
He startedto call his personal style “Anthropomorphic Perception: An exercise in Ultra-Perceptive Plausible Juxtaposition.”He wanted to portray alternative realities within the human form. His use of inanimate objects to represent the human form is reminiscent of the cruel and unfortunate time of slavery. He used his African ancestors, depreciating them and the eyes of their slave-masters.
Even though he liked to paint his ancestors, he was still influenced by European artists. He was fascinated by Leonardo da Vinci and believed in his famous quote that say,’ theHe used this technique to discover what he called ‘ mnemonic images’ (objects that the mind’s eye perceives within an image, which are reminiscent of aspects of my personal life story) while using images that inspire him. The “mantra” that he liked to use to rationalize hisobservations was, “In every squiggle, there is a image hidden.”Mnemonic images are the component parts of his creations. He discovers these images when he scrutinizes the contours of a “source image.” He liked to use images that had a personal significance in his life. For example, one of his paintings called “Hand of Bananas” is a deferential reference to “The hand that fed and still feeds me” which is the hand of his late father Mr. Henzie Wilson who worked for seventeen years within the Banana Industry where they lived.
“The Boats” in every painting were his working capital after his father had left the Banana Industry in 1969. The mountains which frequently double as eyebrows are located in his hometown of Portsmouth, where he first observed his parents’ sweat from their brow will trying to raise them in a good home and environment. The recurrent bay with boats moored also represents their hometown, Portsmouth. It represents his mother’s face, because it was in that town that his mother first helped home realize his imagination towards the perception of visual puns. Every nude, whether she may be in the form of fruits or vegetables or a table or between trees is none other than his muse, which is said “whose sinuous contours that had beguiled his one Sunday morning in February 1978.” He has said that his “eyes have not receded into their sockets since.”
He presently lives in the Jamaica Queens, New York, with my wife. He now currently teaches Spanish at a Middle School in Queens, NY. His works can be found in the Dominica National Museum and the Old Mill Art Centre inDominica.