b. 1936 in London, U.K.
Gillian Wise spent her initial years of study at Wimbledon School of Art. Her interest in Constructivist art was initiated by an acquaintance with the work of Biederman which, in turn, led to a contact with the British Constructionists. By 1961, she was participating in exhibitions such as, “Construction: England: 1950-60” at Drian Galleries in London, England, and again in “Relief Structures” in 1963 with Anthony Hill at the Institute of Contemporary Art in London, England. She represented Britain
at the eighth Tokyo Biennale and was represented in “British Sculpture in the Sixties” at the Tate Gallery in London, England.
In 1969, A UNESCO fellowship led Wise to Prague and a British Council Postgraduate Award allowed her a year of study at the Leningrad Academy of Art in the U.S.S.R. In the same year, she was represented in the “Relief/Construction/Relief” exhibition organized by Jan van der Marck for the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.
She has executed several commissions notable amongst which is the wall relief for the Nottingham University Hospital in Nottingham, U.K. in 1975. Wise taught at the Royal College of Art in London for many years.
Chicago ‘95, 1995
Oil on canvas
52 1/2” x 52 1/2”
Gift of the artist