<strong>Gerald Wilde</strong>, <em>Pompeii</em>, c. 1976. Pastel and gouache on paper, 64 x 84 cm.<strong>Gerald Wilde</strong>, <em>The Shriek</em>, 1949.
Oil on canvas,
61 x 50 cm.<strong>Gerald Wilde</strong>, <em>Piccadilly Circus</em>, 1946. 
Gouache on paper,
55 x 78 cm.


Gerald Wilde.
Photo: © Judy Goldhill, 1981.
Gerald Wilde, Composition on Yellow, 1956.
Lithograph, 56 x 70 cm.

Gerald Wilde attended Chelsea School of Art where he was taught by the painter, Graham Sutherland and sculptor, Henry Moore. His work was widely admired and respected by fellow artists Lucian Freud and Frank Auerbach and critics such as John Berger, David Sylvester, Tim Hilton, William Feaver and Martin Harrison.

In 1979 October Gallery opened with an exhibition of Gerald Wilde and has since remained committed to bringing Wilde to the attention of a wider audience in the firm belief that he has yet to achieve full recognition as a major British artist of the 20th century. From the intensity of his early work, through to the liberation in such series as Pompeii to the more colourful world of his later years, as well as in the Intelligence Now series – Wilde confronts us on an abstract level as well as on the level of symbols and dreams. David Sylvester wrote, ‘His work has the exhilaration of a disaster just averted.’ And with this capacity to create a chaotic world precariously held in check, Wilde would seem remarkably contemporary in his approach. John Berger stated that, ‘The trapped in all of us can respond to these works because they strive for release.’ His artwork serves as both prophetic and as a prayer. ‘A painter like Gerald Wilde is born to his own visionary dimensions.’ Joyce Cary During the 1940s and '50s the Hanover Gallery and the ICA hosted solo exhibitions of Wilde’s work and, in 1977 the Serpentine Gallery held a retrospective of his work. Three paintings by Wilde are in the Tate collection and he counted Sir Kenneth Clark, Sir Edward Marsh and Peter Watson amongst his private collectors.

For sales enquiries please contact: Or call + 44 (0)20 7242 7367
View below for career highlights and works for sale by the artist.









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

Group Exhibitions
2020   Atmospheres; Artists of the Transvangarde, October Gallery, London, UK
2019   Dream No Small Dream: Celebrating 40 Years of the Transvangarde, October Gallery, London, UK
2017   Transvangarde, October Gallery, London, UK
2014   35 Years of Transvangarde, October Gallery, London
2013   Masters of the Transvangarde, October Gallery, London
2009   Transvangarde: Leading Contemporary Artists, October Gallery, London
2008   Winter Show, October Gallery, London
2002  Transition, Barbican Gallery, London
1992  The Marriage of Heaven & Hell, October Gallery, London
1988  Conversation, Arts Council Collection touring exhibition
1987  A Paradise Lost, Barbican Art Gallery, London
1986  Recent Acquisitions, Tate Gallery, London
1986  Gallery Artists, October Gallery, London
1986  Fort Apache, The Hippodrome, London
1980  British Art 1940 - 1980, The Arts Council Collection, Hayward Gallery, London
1957  Dimensions: British Abstract Art 1948 - 1957, O’Hana Gallery, London
1956  Contemporary British Art 1900-1955, British Council exhibition, touring to Copenhagen, Oslo.
1954  Leicester Galleries, London.
1953  Eleven British Painters, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London.
1949  New Burlington Galleries, London.
1947  Redfern Gallery, London.
1947  Leicester Galleries, London.
1935  Bloomsbury 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