Joe Wilson was born in Bolton, England in 1947. He studied fine art at Manchester School of Art from 1965 to 1969. He has lived and worked in Ireland since 1979. He lectured at Limerick School of Art and Design from 1979 to 1983 and at the National College of Art and Design from 1983 to 2009. He lives and works in Co. Wicklow. He exhibits regularly in Ireland and some recent exhibitions include: 2001 Focus on Drawing: Mermaid Arts Centre; Co. Wicklow; Limerick City Gallery; Crawford Art Gallery, Cork and the National College of Art and Design, Dublin. 2002 Bearings: Achill Island. 2005/06 Groundworks: Mermaid Arts Centre, West Cork Arts Centre and the Bourn Vincent Gallery, University of Limerick. 2010 High Landscapes: Linnenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, Co. Mayo and Glor Arts Centre, Ennis, Co. Clare. 2014 National Self-Portrait Collection: University of Limerick. He has undertaken residencies at the Heinrich Böll House on Achill Island in 2006 and at the Centre d’Art i Natura de Farrera, Catalonia in 2000 and 2001. Publications include: Drawing Texts (2001) and Being There: an introduction to the work of Joe Wilson (2006), both published by Occasional Press.