Dora Wilson

Dora Lynnell Wilson (b. 1883 Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK, d. 1946 Australia)

Born in England, Wilson migrated to Australia with her family at an early age.  She was educated at Methodist Ladies College in Melbourne and went on to the National Gallery school where she was taught by Bernard Hall and Frederick McCubbin.  She gained a good reputation early in her career, in particular for her etchings, pastels and oil paintings.  Her still life, nudes and portraits were noted for their fine draughtsmanship. Wilson later became very well-known for her street scenes of Melbourne, which typically were of tree-lines streets with trams, long shadows and dappled light.  Her exhibition at the Fine Art Society Gallery, Melbourne, was entirely devoted to that subject.  Wilson was commissioned to paint European landmarks and spent several years abroad, exhibiting in London in 1928.  Her style is fresh and free and uses a bright palette and simple, broad impasto brushwork.

Wilson is represented in most State galleries and the Castlemaine and Bendigo galleries in Victoria.