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Gerald Wilde


The Millinery Works held an exhibition of Gerald Wilde's work in March 2004. Public exhibits of his work have also frequented the "October Gallery" since 1979. His works - first exhibited at The Hanover in 1948, and later in a major retrospective held in 1955 at the acclaimed Institute of Contemporary Art - attracted the admiration of acclaimed critics, such as David Sylvester, Kenneth Clark and David Kenworthy (Lord Straboli). Working alongside artists such as Bacon and Auerbach, Wilde's paintings serve as some of the distinguishing pieces of the twentieth-century. One of the reasons his paintings did not remain in the public eye to the same degree as his contemporaries was due to his distrust of art establishment, and his relative isolation. However, his pieces are a integral component of the Modernist era, employing bold colours and broad brushstrokes in their creation of a layered and abstract space.