Wild’s sculptures are an investigation into the semiotics of the materials that he uses: from polished and painted stainless steel through to glass and ceramic. He is interested in the indeterminate in relation to three-dimensional form. Recently he made a series of sculptures that act as man-made versions of natural structures such as pernicious weeds. These works also look at the relationship between colour and sculpture, in particular alluding to modernist sculpture of 1960’s. In some of Wild’s work the surface of the material underneath is revealed as he leaves areas of the sculpture un-painted or splits open a coloured sculpture to reveal its shiny metallic core. Alternatively he coats the surface of other sculptures in a beautifully finished spectrum of colour.
He has exhibited at Chatsworth House, Sculpture in the City, Modern Art Oxford, Maddox Arts, William Benington Gallery, V22 and The Saatchi Gallery amongst others.
Julian Wild graduated from Kingston University in 1995, he was awarded The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea; Chelsea Arts club Trust Studio Bursary from 2009-2012. The award has given him a purpose built sculpture studio in Chelsea for 3 years. In 2005 he was short-listed for the Jerwood Sculpture Prize and won the Millfield Sculpture Prize in the same year.
He has recently been commissioned to make public sculptures for: Fidelity lnvestments, Cass Sculpture Foundation, Crest Nicholson, Wyeth Europa, Schroders Investment Management, Radley College Oxford, The Jerwood Sculpture Park and Sculpture in the Parklands in Ireland.
His touring project Making the Connection enables members of the public to engage with making a large scale sculpture with low tech materials. http://www.julianwild.com/making-the-connection/
Julian lives and works in London and Sussex. He is married to the painter Mary Grant: www.marygrant.co.uk
2014 The Island, William Benington Gallery, London
Tied Up, Chelsea Arts Club Garden, London.
2013 Wrestling Pythons, Leighton House Museum, London
2012 Julian Wild, Modern Art Oxford, Oxford presented by The China Shop Gallery.
Fear of Geometry, Maddox Arts, London
To Market, to Market, Bishops Square, London
2011 Incomplete Systems, Burghley House, Stamford, Lincolnshire
2010 Toad in the Hole, The Hospital Club, London
2003 Bog Standard, Atrium Gallery, PricewaterhouseCoopers, London
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2015 SCULPTURAL 2015. Co-curated with William Benington Gallery.
2014 Beyond Limits, Chatsworth House/ Sothebys, Derbyshire, UK
Sculpture in the City, London.
House of the Flying Wheel, Backlit, Nottingham
Elemental, Burghley House, Stamford, Lincolnshire
2013 Iron and Steel, Hillsboro Fine Art, Dublin
Crash Open, Charlie Dutton Gallery, London
Objectify, High House Gallery, Oxfordshire.
Sculpture at Riverhill, Kent. Curated by Marshall Murray
SCULPTURAL 2013, William Benington Gallery, Devon.
2012 Carving from 1910 to Now, Fine Art Society, London
Pertaining to Things Natural, The Chelsea Physic Garden, London
Sculpture al Fresco, curated by Marcelle Joseph , Great Fosters, Surrey
2011 Cabinet, John Martin Gallery, London
Abstract, Maddox Arts, London
2010 Flaming July, curated by Brooke McGowan and Liane Lang, Leighton House, London
Occidental Dimension, curated by Marek Tobolewski, University of Brighton Gallery
RHA Annual, Dublin
2009 Sculpture at Woburn, Woburn Abbey, Bedfordshire
2 1/2 D, curatorial project, Royal British Society of Sculptors, London
RHA Annual, Dublin
2008 Wharf Road Project, Tom Rowland Fine Art, London
Summer Show, Maddox Arts, London
Make Do, show with Owen Bullett, V22, London
Clay, Royal British Society of Sculptors, London
2007 Monochromed 2: White Out, Fine Art Society, London
Spectrum, Abbey House Gardens, Malmesbury, Wiltshire
2006 Contemporary Sculpture, Rollo, London
2005 Sculpture in the Making, Atkinson Gallery, Millfield School, Street, Somerset
Jerwood Sculpture Prize, Jerwood Space, London
Boundless, Stenersenmuseet, Oslo, Norway
2004 Model Village, co-curated with Alex Roberts, London
Trion Contemporary, Arndean Gallery, London
Lost Landscapes, Seven Seven Gallery, London
2003 Stealth, MOT, London
PUBLIC ART/ COMMISSIONS
2013 Connect 10, Museums at Night, Enginuity, Ironbridge, Telford.
2013 Fidelity Investments, Himalayan Balsam commissioned for Canon Street.
2013 Lord Baden-Powell, Ragwort, commission for garden
2012 Fidelity Investments, Doodleform commission for Surrey offices
Lord Baden-Powell, Wallflower commission for garden
2011 Fidelity Investments, Speaking in Tongues commission for Hong Kong offices
2009 Sculpture in the Parklands, Lough Boora Parklands, Ireland, System no. 30 commission
2008 Jerwood Sculpture Park, System no. 24 commission
Radley College, System no. 25 commission and residency
2007 Cass Sculpture Foundation, System no. 19 commission
Wyeth Europa, System no. 21 commission for reception
Schroders Investment Management, System no. 20 commission for reception
2006 Crest Nicholson, System no.12 commission
2003 National Institute for Medical Research, Growth commission
Making the Connection Communal Sculpture Project
2014 Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland.
2013 Ludlow Open, Cass Sculpture Foundation, Dalston Square
2012 Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Bold Tendencies, Leighton House Museum, The Secret Garden Party, Bishops Square, Dalston Square and The Bridge Academy
2011 Burghley House and Morley College
2010 Jerwood Sculpture Park, The Tabernacle Arts Centre and Village Green Biannual
2009 Victoria and Albert Museum and The Big Draw
2012 Nominated for a Bryan Robertson Memorial Trust Award
2011 Arts Council grant for Construction Systems and Indeterminate 3D forms
2010 Finalist for National Art Prize, Saatchi Gallery
Shortlisted for HTC Art Award
2009 Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea/ Chelsea Arts Club Trust Studio Bursary
2005 Millfield Sculpture Prize: winner
Jerwood Sculpture Prize: finalist
TALKS/ PANEL DISCUSSIONS
2014 Sculpture in the City debate
2012 In conversation with James Attlee, Modern Art Oxford, Oxford
To Market, to Market talk hosted by Love Art London, Bishops Square, London
In conversation with Alma Zevi, hosted by Abstract Critical, Bishops Square, London
2010–11 Chair of exhibition committee at Royal British Society of Sculptors, London
2011 In conversation with Matt Ager, hosted by ArtisJustaWord, Ashmoleon Museum, Oxford
2009–13 Director of FACK artists’ forum, London
2009 Chair for 2 1/2 D panel discussion, Royal British Society of Sculptors, London
Commissioning sculpture panel discussion, Jerwood Space, London
2005 Sculpting a living seminar, Royal British Society of Sculptors, London