The streets of London are paved with gold leaf. So are the underground stations, the Royal Academy, Eastbourne bandstand and the pier.
The Birley Centre isn’t but there are enough of Barry Wilson’s prints and paintings, with his trade-mark gold leaf detail, on show there to make you believe it is.
Grafﬁti, concrete and under-pier girders may not strike you as obvious subjects for a painting, yet exposed to the Midas touch of Barry Wilson, both these unlikely subjects, and the more predictable views of the pier and the bandstand, take on a shimmering, ephemeral beauty.
The collection has delighted both the 100-plus people that gathered for the recent opening night of his exhibition, and the many who have attended since.
And what is striking from the feedback is that you do not have to ‘know’ about art to appreciate these paintings.
From both experts and enthusiasts the verdict has been the same - ‘stunning’.
Barry Wilson has won a Saatchi prize and is also currently exhibiting in Bloomsbury and Wimbledon.
The Birley Centre is opposite the Towner on the corner of College Road, Eastbourne, where his summer exhibition is open every Saturday and Sunday throughout July and August, 11am-4pm with free entry and refreshments.