Joe Wilson is a painter interested in the raw physicality of being in nature. Much of his work is inspired by climbing and hillwaking, making sketches and photographs along the way. Afterwards he returns to the studio to make extraordinary paintings that express something about the physical terrain itself and the energy required in traversing it. Born in England in 1947, Wilson has lived and worked in Ireland since 1979. He taught at the National College of Art & Design from 1983 to 2009.