Intelligent Life 'Man in a Suit' copyright Jonathan Root

Intelligent Life ‘Man in a Suit’
copyright Jonathan Root

Julian Wild is Vice-president of The Royal British Society of Sculptors. He graduated from Kingston University in 1995.

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.

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.

Julian lives and works in London and Sussex.



2015       Stripping the Willow, The Lobby, One Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London

2014       The Island, William Benington Gallery, Londo

               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. 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

            Sculptural, 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

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


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.

2011                  Burghley House and Morley College

2010                  Jerwood Sculpture Park, The Tabernacle Arts Centre and Village Green

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

                   To Market, to Market talk hosted by Love Art London, Bishops Square, London

In conversation with Alma Zevi, hosted by Abstract Critical, Bishops Square.

2010–11      Chair of exhibition committee at Royal British Society of Sculptors, London

2011            In conversation with Matt Ager, hosted by ArtisJustaWord, Ashmoleon Museum.

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


1992-1995                     Kingston University, Surrey. B.A. in sculpture

1991-1992.                    Cheltenham Art College, Gloucestershire. Foundation course

1986-1991                     Cheltenham Art College, Gloucestershire


Intelligent Life Magazine, City AM, Evening Standard, Wired, IDFX, The Independent, Architect, Builder, Contractor & Developer Magazine, Aesthetica Magazine, The Times: review by John Russell Taylor, Artist Newsletter, Independent on Sunday: review by Charles Derwent, Building Design Magazine, Wallpaper


The Jerwood Foundation, V22, DeSlaSan, Schroders Investment Management , P&O, Wyeth Europa, Prudential, Fidelity, Frank-Suss Collection, Irish Govt collection.


Origin with photographs by Anne-Katrin Purkiss. Published by Systems publications

Wrestling Pythons published by Systems publications

Incomplete Systems published by Burghley House.

New Commissions Cass Sculpture Foundation.

Jerwood, a Foundation by Matthew Sturgis.

Breaking the Mould Cass Sculpture Foundation.

Art in Public published by Braun.