Helen Wilson was born in Paisley, Renfrewshire, in 1954. She studied at Glasgow School of Art and at Hospitalfield Art centre. During this time she was awarded the Robert Hart Bursary and Governor's Prize, Hospitalfield; a Travelling Scholarship (Italy and Yugoslavia); the WO Hutcheson Prize for Drawing; the Postgraduate Studies Award, Glasgow School of Art; and the John and Mabel Craig Award.
Artists David Hockney and Chagall were strong influences during Helen Wilson's time at the Glasgow School of Art. She has always liked the art work Degas and admires Sickert, Giotto and the Italian Masters. Her greatest influence was Scottish artist Charles MacQueen from her days in the Art Department of her school in Paisley.
Helen Wilson is the recipient of numerous art awards. These include: The RGI David Cargill Award; Diploma of the Paisley Art Institute (2005); 1st Prize, Scottish Drawing Competition (2005, 2000 and 1997)); Cyril Gerber Award and Millers Art Prize, Paisley Art Institute (2003); Garrick/Milne Competition, Commissioning Prize: Portrait of David Suchet (2003); Regional Prize: The Discerning Eye Exhibition, London (2003)
Helen Wilson is a member of the Royal Glasgow Institute (RGI) and the Royal Scottish Society of Painters (RSW). Her paintings are in various private and public art collections including: Glasgow Art Gallery, Kelvingrove, Paisley Museum & Art Gallery, Scottish Arts Council, Royal College of Ophthalmologists and the Royal College of Physicians.
In addition to Red Rag Modern Art Gallery Helen Wilson has exhibited at other leading Modern Art Galleries. Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the Helen Wilson artist studio and like all Red Rag Scottish art and Modern art it can be shipped worldwide.