Jack Wilson, Dalby Water Colourist

Jack Wilson, Jungle, water colour

In the early days of Dalby’s art scene there were two schools of thought. The traditionalists, painting gum trees in oils and water colours. And those who as Mervyn Moriarty put it, learned to look around corners. One such artist who flourished under this school of thought was Jack Wilson. It is uncertain if Jack defined himself as an artist or a grazier. Yet it is certain that his artistic skills evolved under the tutelage of Mr Moriarty. At the time the Dalby art group was an elder, greyer group lending itself to floral dresses and stockings. This didn’t deter Jack who was usually the only male in Moriarty’s art classes in Dalby.

A New School of Thought

Moriarty opened the Dalby art groups eyes to contemporary art. Jack said "He freed us from the narrowness of traditional painting as we knew it and allowed us to use our imaginations. Melvyn came as a breath of fresh air and dragged was into the twentieth century.”

Before the arrival of the flying arts school, art classes were held in a shed at the high school. With the Flying Arts becoming popular amongst the group they moved to Marble Street. Taking up residence in the old Bore Bath House in 1971. The town council had given the building for use as a cultural centre, with the Dalby Art Group as tenants in chief.

Art Awards

Jack Wilson was prominent on Dalby’s art scene, joining the Dalby art group in 1968. He served as vice president of the art group in the 1971. Not to mention is active involvement as an entrant in Dalby’s Art Prize. His watercolour "Elements" received a high recommendation from judge Roy Churcher in 1973. In 1979 Ron Radford selected his work "Jungle" for purchase.

Jack Wilson with his winning work "Jungle" in 1979.

Today Wilson’s works form part of Dalby's art Collection. Others are in the Ipswich Regional Gallery’s collection.