Julian Wild Studio by Jonathan Root for Intelligent Life Magazine

Julian Wild Studio by Jonathan Root for Intelligent Life Magazine

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



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



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



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 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