David Forrester Wilson studied at the Glasgow School of Arts from 1892-3 and 1899-1906 under the Belgian Symbolist, Jean Delville; he ultimately become the institution’s Head of Drawing and Painting in 1932. Forrester Wilson’s work ranged from aesthetic, symbolist experiments to naturalist landscapes, revealing influences as diverse as Delville, the Glasgow Boys, James Abbott McNeill Whistler and Jules Bastien-Lepage. A frequent exhibitor at the Royal Glasgow Institute throughout his career, in 1919 and throughout the 1920s.
Rather incongruously, Wilson was reportedly one of Andy Warhol’s favourite artists. One of his works, ‘The Wind‘, was included in the estate sale held by Sotheby’s in 1988, and Warhol also had several of his other works.