Ross Wilson is one of Ireland’s leading artists and sculptors, considered by many to be one of the most relevant and collectible artists of his generation, his work has sold at both Christie’s and Sotheby’s London.
He graduated with a First-Class Honours degree in Fine Art from the Ulster University and went on to receive his Masters degree from the prestigious Chelsea School of Art, London.
He has been a visiting speaker at Harvard, Oxford, Cambridge and Wheaton Universities, and the National Portrait Gallery London, and was recently a guest speaker at the President’s ‘National Prayer Breakfast’ in Washington DC.
Wilson’s many portrait commissions have included Nobel Laureates Derek Walcott and Seamus Heaney for the National Portrait Gallery London, and the American play-write and Pulitzer Prize Winner Arthur Miller.
His work is contained in many public and private collections worldwide, these include:
The National Portrait Gallery London
The Keats – Shelley Museum Rome
Tate Britain London
Jesus College Cambridge
The Fogg Museum Harvard – Mass USA
The British Museum London
James Joyce Museum Dublin
National Self-Portrait Collection of Ireland
Ashmolean Museum Oxford
Private Collection of HRH King Charles III
Ross Wilson believes in community outreach through creativity and educational interaction within marginalised communities in Northern Ireland, and more recently in Rwanda.
He believes passionately in creative interaction with young people, that creativity is an important of well-being and key dynamic within educational development, helping to foster original ideas that bring value, meaning, and influence to a young person’s inner and outer life, and ultimately to their community.
Ross is presently an associate Professor on the Irish Studies Programme with John Brown University USA.
In 2019 New Year’s Honours List, he was awarded a BEM by HRH Queen Elizabeth II
for his services to charity, community outreach and work amongst underprivileged communities in Northern Ireland.
In 2023 he was appointed Deputy Lieutenant of County Londonderry, a position given approval by
King Charles III
Wilson’s public bronze sculptures are well known, these include:
‘The Searcher’ C.S. Lewis Centenary Sculpture located in East Belfast, the birth place of CSL.
‘Amy Carmichael – A Life and Legacy of Grace’ located in Bangor County Down.
‘St Luke’ Twinbrook. – West Belfast
‘Mother – Daughter – Sister’ South Belfast
‘The Yardmen’ Titanic Community East Belfast.
Ross Wilson’s aim is to, encourage others to see with the ‘Soul of the Eye’.
‘A proper community is a commonwealth; a place, a resource, an economy. It answers the needs, practical as well as social and spiritual, of its members – among them the need to need one another.’