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Founded in 1979, October Gallery, in central London, exhibits innovative, contemporary art from around the world. For over 40 years, October Gallery has pioneered the development of the Transvangarde - the trans-cultural avant-garde.


Gerald Wilde

Greatly admired by the late David Sylvester as 'one of our foremost painters,' Wilde maintains a unique position amongst the British post-war painters having been one of only a very few British artists to explore to a consistently high level an abstract expressionist style more commonly associated with the New York School. A contemporary of Sutherland, Moore and Bacon, Wilde shared with those artists, in 1955, the distinction of presenting a one-man show at the ICA, an exhibition which garnered much critical acclaim. In the late 70s, his work had matured and developed into an intensely personal style, unlike that of any of his close peers. Despite being considered 'the outstanding painter of his generation' by many artists and intellectuals of the day, Wilde's work and reputation have lately suffered from a neglect, which, Sylvester points out, is 'thanks to our obtuseness and fate's perverseness.'

October Gallery Exhibitions

Gerald Wilde: From the Abyss
35 Years of Transvangarde
Masters of the Transvangarde
Transvangarde: Leading Contemporary Artists
Winter Show
Gerald Wilde: Balanced on the Edge of Chaos

Gerald Wilde Biography

Solo Exhibitions
1948  Hanover Gallery, London.
1955  Gerald Wilde, An Exhibition of Paintings & Graphic Work since 1929,
Institute of Contemporary Arts, London
1977  Arts Council Exhibition, Serpentine Gallery, London.
1979  Gerald Wilde: 1971-1979, October Gallery, London
1981  Gerald Wilde: Works from 1929 - 1981, October Gallery, London
1984  Gerald Wilde, October Gallery, London.
1988  Gerald Wilde: 1905 - 1986, October Gallery, London
1991  Gerald Wilde, October Gallery, London
2002  Gerald Wilde: Balanced on the Edge of Chaos, October Gallery, London
2004  A Forgotten Genius, The Millinery Works Gallery, London
2015   Gerald Wilde: From the Abyss, October Gallery, London

Group Exhibitions
1935  Bloomsbury Gallery, London.
1947  Leicester Galleries, London.
1947  Redfern Gallery, London.
1949  New Burlington Galleries, London.
1953  Eleven British Painters, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London.
1954  Leicester Galleries, London.
1956  Contemporary British Art 1900-1955, British Council exhibition, touring to Copenhagen, Oslo.
1957  Dimensions: British Abstract Art 1948 - 1957, O’Hana Gallery, London
1980  British Art 1940 - 1980, The Arts Council Collection, Hayward Gallery, London
1986  Fort Apache, The Hippodrome, London
1986  Gallery Artists, October Gallery, London
1986  Recent Acquisitions, Tate Gallery, London
1987  A Paradise Lost, Barbican Art Gallery, London
1988  Conversation, Arts Council Collection touring exhibition
1992  The Marriage of Heaven & Hell, October Gallery, London
2002  Transition, Barbican Gallery, London
2008   Winter Show, October Gallery, London
2009   Transvangarde: Leading Contemporary Artists, October Gallery, London
2013   Masters of the Transvangarde, October Gallery, London
2014   35 Years of Transvangarde, October Gallery, London

Public Collections
Tate Gallery
Arts Council of Great Britain
British Council
Laing Art Gallery
Cheltenham Art Gallery
Magdalen College, Oxford
Pembroke College, Oxford
Stoke-on-Trent City Museum
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