Immigrating to NZ in 1968 as a young child Michael Wilton grew up in Wellington where his father had taken employment as an architect. He attended Wellington College where he studied art tutored by Phillip Markham who encouraged the young artist toward a career in commercial design – Wilton did not envisage this as his future career, preferring to simply paint his own he finished school in 1984 and commenced full time painting – selling his first canvas – somewhat marking the beginning of his career.
During the late 80’s Wilton attended Wellington Polytechnic studying business management.
Since his own early 1990’s gallery and studio he has only exhibited six times to the public. He has however been a prolific producer and over three decades works have slipped themselves in collections around the world.
Like all young artists he found survival difficult and in 1993 to supplement his income he started a bicycle repair store in the building he had already leased a year earlier for his studio and gallery. Over the following years the business grew, and would eventually provide enough to support and finance his art and gradually he moved to the life of a full time artist. Living at his studio he often entertained guests, many of whom would over time became patrons, it was often even in the early years that stakes would be claimed to works well before they were completed.
1991-93 | Solo Studio/Gallery – The Drawing Room
1993 | Group exhibition – Helios, Wellington
1993 | Group exhibition – Alcatel, Wellington
1996 | Solo exhibition – Relishes, Wanaka
1999 | Solo exhibition and residency – Studio Nine, Wellington
2002 | Solo exhibition – Brava, Wellington
2003 | Group exhibition – Wellington Arts Collective
2006 | Dual exhibition – Thistle Hall, Wellington
2008 | Group exhibition – Gallery 33, Wanaka
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