Tim Wilson was New Zealand's most successful landscape painter of the 21st century.
From his Queenstown home and gallery he painted, from memory, those same landscapes that now reside in discerning galleries and private collections around the world. During his lifetime, he became one of New Zealand’s most successful living painters with the historic sale in 2016 of ‘Summer Rains, Doubtful Sounds Impression’ for $575,000 to the Royal Family in Abu Dhabi.
A significant achievement throughout his journey as a painter was the development of an oil painting technique that made his paintings unique in the world. Although taking many years to perfect the exact effect he wanted, Tim truly mastered this in 2005 and became recognised worldwide for the innovation. From this year onwards the mastery of his art went to a completely different level.
Tim used the finest handmade oil paints in the world produced by Michael Harding in the UK who regarded Tim as a living legend in his understanding and handling of oil paints.His unique paintings were made up of 30-40 layers of transparent and translucent glazes layered in such a way that, as light changed, the layers closest to the viewer appeared to disappear, revealing the depth of layers beneath.