Canal

Canal

1989 | Canal

Oil on canvas © Michael Wilton

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Central Otago Landscape

Central Otago Landscape

1999 | Central Otago Landscape

Oil on canvas © Michael Wilton

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Seaside Landscape

Seaside Landscape

1986 | Seaside Landscape

Oil on canvas © Michael Wilton

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The Sounds

The Sounds

1980 | The Sounds

Oil on canvas © Michael Wilton

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The Flowers of Romance III

The Flowers of Romance III

1998 | The Flowers of Romance III

Oil on canvas © Michael Wilton

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The Flowers Of Romance I

The Flowers Of Romance I

1993 | The Flowers Of Romance I

Oil on canvas © Michael Wilton

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Plantation Series I

Plantation-Series-I

1996 | Plantation Series I

Oil on canvas © Michael Wilton

In the plantation series Wilton has mastered an effect using texture to create figurative tree trunks along hardwood panels using resin for the figurative effect then oil colour.

The ‘tree-scapes’ as he refers to them vibrate the length of the panel in an array of moody tones recreating the forms of a forest in an unusually surreal manner. Some of the larger panels include the forest floor and depth, though many are simply rows of trunks. The concept examines the metaphoric relationship between the “Bar Code” and “Forestry Plantations.” The loss of natural order, the representation is that in mankind’s need to control his environment he replaces natures arrangement with lines and classifications – creating man made order. The ultimate registration of this is the bar code, the parallel effect being the plantations layout of effective rows.

“The concept is that we are in fact farming ourselves within the same order as we systematically farm our environment. We reside in high-rise apartment blocks – we work in high-rise office blocks, we eat food farmed in cages and pens. We grow our food in rows – we select it from shelves – in rows. We walk and drive along lines and pathways – we cue up when we reach the destination. We live and operate in and out of boxes – squares and rectangles.

Now it is no longer a natural forest or jungle – it’s a plantation, in rows or lines. We put everything in a line or in a box obsessed with order Natures’ order is being lost to this grid – a new effective arrangement.  We like it that way – easy, clean, safe … and sterile.

So, the barcode has become symbolic, representing mans reduction of the planet from forest and natural form, to plantation and farm, order – farming ourselves in the process.

Not just one straight line but a row of straight lines parallel to each – perfectly arranged. The scariest thing similarity emerging – from above, the planet is beginning to look like a circuit board.”

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Plantation Series XVII

Plantation Series XVII

1994 | Plantation Series XVII

Oil on canvas © Michael Wilton

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Plantation Series IV

Plantation Series IV

1994 | Plantation Series IV

Oil on canvas © Michael Wilton

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Rings Of Light Float Through The Trees

Rings Of Light Float Through The Trees

2009 | Rings Of Light Float Through The Trees

Oil & mixed media on board © Michael Wilton

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Batman’s Driveway

Batman's Driveway

1995 | Batman’s Driveway

Oil on canvas © Michael Wilton

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The Forest V

The Forest V

1997 | The Forest V

Oil on canvas © Michael Wilton

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The Forest I

The Forest I

1997 | The Forest I

Oil on canvas © Michael Wilton

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The Forest II

The Forest II

1996 | The Forest II

Oil on canvas © Michael Wilton

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Ocean II

Ocean II

1993 | Ocean II

Oil on canvas © Michael Wilton

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Ocean III

Ocean III

1991 | Ocean III

Oil on canvas © Michael Wilton

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Ice Cream Hills IV

Ice Cream Hills IV

1996 | Ice Cream Hills IV

Oil on canvas © Michael Wilton

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Ice Cream Hills III

Ice Cream Hills III

1995 | Ice Cream Hills III

Oil on canvas © Michael Wilton

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Ice Cream Hills II

Ice Cream Hills II

1994 | Ice Cream Hills II

Oil on canvas © Michael Wilton

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Field of Mushrooms

Field of Mushrooms

1984 | Field of Mushrooms

Oil on canvas © Michael Wilton

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From Whence We Came

From Whence We Came

2009 | From Whence We Came

Oil on canvas © Michael Wilton

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Royal Morning IV

Royal Morning IV

Royal Morning IV

Oil on board © Michael Wilton

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Royal Morning II

Royal Morning II

2009 | Royal Morning II

Oil on board © Michael Wilton

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Royal Morning III

Royal Morning III

2009 | Royal Morning III

Oil on board © Michael Wilton

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Royal Morning I

Royal Morning I

2009 | Royal Morning I

Oil on canvas © Michael Wilton

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