Althea Wilson began her career in Nigeria as a fine artist and examples of her early paintings are held in the Nigeria National Collection of Art, as a result of sixteen exhibitions held in Nigerian Art Galleries in Lagos. She later moved to London to design and make up antique African necklaces for Yves Saint Laurent, designed and painted window displays for Dunhill International, Rococo and other shops. She went into the antique trade then ran her own shop for fourteen years and has worked on the restoration of painted, gilded and Chinese lacquered antique furniture for the late Lord Rendlesham and Scarisbrick & Bate of Mount Street, London W1 among many antique dealers and interior decorators. Her paintings have been exhibited in solo shows at the Richmond Galley, Cork Street, The Medici Gallery, Steven Bartley Gallery and several London West End Galleries. Her work can be seen in private collections world wide, including that of Baroness Fiona Thyseen-Bornemisza, as featured in Architectural Digest 200l, USA. Her hand built ceramics were on regular display at the Medici Gallery, Grafton Street, and Steven Bartley Gallery Chelsea.
Her commissions include paintings hung at the Saint James Court Hotel -Taj Group- London, designs for a hand-printed wallpaper collection by Nobilis Fontain of Paris. In l992 she was awarded the internationally prestigious design commission from Shiseido Japan, then in its third year following on from Erte. Her designs to a theme of Rakuen -paradise- painted onto bone china were widely exhibited in conjunction with her paintings, most notably at Art Space, Tokyo, which led to television documentaries and interviews about her work, editorial coverage and many private commissions.
Her interior design work includes nine restaurants in London, numerous private homes in England and America. The Firmdale Hotel Group commissioned her batik hand-painted textiles for the Knightsbridge hotel, custom cloth covered portfolio entered in the Andrew Martin Designer of the Year Award and the Firmdale client Christmas gift of forty five individually hand painted and decorated figurative sculptures. Althea Wilson acts as a consultant to several architectural designers; her more recent involvement has been the armed forces Victory Club in the West End of London.
Her latest commission was to design a collection of textiles for hand block prints by Soma Blockprints Pvt. Ltd., India to be shown at the Birmingham Design Fair. U.K. Althea Wilson has exhibited her most recent ceramic, bronze, hand silk screened, and batik hand painted cloth collections at Decorex 2004.
Althea Wilson’s two books PAINTWORKS and STENCIL GENIUS -which won an award-, have been best sellers, her interior design and artwork is regularly featured in leading magazines around the world.
COUTURE CERAMICS housed her hand built designs in stoneware, terracotta, porcelain and bronze forms in an extensive range of home and garden ware. In May 200l, Roland Klein presented an exhibition of her works at his home, and William Yoeward commissioned collections for his showroom. Althea Wilson suppled three restaurants from the Feng Sushi Group with her ceramic shard plates, amongst many private clients.
PHOTOGRAPHY Althea Wilson has now moved into the field of still life photography. In 2015 her work was exhibited at the RHS Halls where she was awarded a silver-gilt medal. 2016 she was awarded her LRPS by the Royal Photographic Society. May 2017 her photographs UrbanMagnolias will be exhibited at the Chelsea Flower Show.
Althea Wilson uploads photographs every day on Instagram, see @altheawilsongallery.