Gillian Wise

GILLIAN WISE  British, born 1936

Gillian Wise is one of the leading contributors to the British Constructivist Group. 

Gillian Wise studied at Wimbledon School of Art in 1954-57. Her introduction to Constructivism came through the writings of the American ‘Concretionist’ artist Charles Biederman, with whom she corresponded and who put her in touch with Anthony Hill and the Constructivist Group in England. Consequently, she met Victor Pasmore and Kenneth and Mary Martin during the period 1958-59.

It was an important meeting, as a result of which she began exhibiting with the group, showing her work in 1960 in the Construction England exhibition at the Drian Galleries in London. 

Wise's first exhibition with Anthony Hill was at the ICA in 1963, followed by a series of group Constructivist exhibitions including ‘Constructivisme’ at the Galerie Dautzenberg, Paris, France and ‘Collage and Construction’ at the Aldeburgh Festival (both in 1962), and the 8th Tokyo Biennale (British Constructivist Group, Japan, in 1965.

Gillian Wise won a British Council postgraduate scholarship in 1969-70, and it was following this that she joined the Systems Group, exhibiting her work in the 1972 Systems exhibition at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in London.

Public collections include: 
Arts Council of Breat Britain 
Tate, London 
Victoria and Albert Museum, London