Brian Wall (b. 1931)
Brian Wall's inspiration has been drawn from a broad range of sources including Naum Gabo and Julio Gonzales, Japanese culture, Jazz music and Zen Buddhism. While serving with the R.A.F. Wall visited Paris and enrolled in a part-time course at Luton School of Art. On leaving the R.A.F. he was determined to become an artist and set off for the artists' colony at St. Ives. Here, he soon became acquainted with Peter Lanyon, Ben Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth, Terry Frost and Patrick Heron. His closest relations were with artists Tevor Bell, Anthony Benjamin and Denis Mitchell. Wall worked as a part-time assistant to Barbara Hepworth in St. Ives until 1960 when he moved to London. By this time the London art scene had been animated by a major exhibition of American Abstract Expressionism in 1959. Wall was given a solo exhibition at the Drian Gallery in 1961 and exhibited at the Paris Biennale that same year. He quickly established himself in London and exhibited alongside Anthony Caro, Richard Smith and David Hockney as well as the American painters Kenneth Noland and Ad Reinhardt. Wall replaced Turnbull as Head of Sculpture at the Central School of Art where he taught until 1974 when Wall moved to California to teach at the State University. The change of scene once again invigorated his work. Since moving to California, Wall has exhibited regularly and acquired a studio in France as an alternative to his one in the San Francisco Bay area.

Selected Solo Exhibitions:
Flowers East, London, England, 1999 and 2006
Hackett-Freedman Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 2006
A Survey 1958-2006, Hackett-Freedman Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 2006
455 Market Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 2005
Flowers West, Santa Monica, CA, 2002
Jernigan Wicker Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA,1995 and 1999
Simon Lowinsky Gallery, New York, NY, 1987 and 1988
Brian Wall: Lyrical Steel, Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE, 1995
Francis Graham-Dixon Gallery, London, 1992
Brian Wall: Retrospective, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA, 1983
John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 1983
California State University, Stanislaus, Turlock, CA, 1982
Brian Wall: Retrospective, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA, 1982
Max Hutchinson Gallery, New York, NY, 1979 and 1981
Braunstein/Quay Gallery, San Francisco , CA,1976 and 1978
Sculpture Now, New York, NY, 1977 and 1978
Dootson/Calderhead Gallery, Seattle, WA, 1976
University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV, 1976
Quay Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 1974
St. Mary's College, Moraga, CA, 1974
San Jose State University Art Gallery, San Jose, CA, 1973
William Sawyer Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 1971
Grosvenor Gallery, London, England,1966 and 1968
Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol, England, 1967
Grabowski Gallery, London, England,1962 and 1964
Manchester City Art Gallery, Manchester, 1963
Drian Gallery, London, England, 1959 and 1960
School of Architecture, London, 1957

Selected Group Exhibitions
Trevor Bell Retrospective: Influences, Tate Gallery, St. Ives, Cornwall, 2004
The Constructed Space: Painting, Sculpture and Verse: Commemorating the Poet W.S. Graham, The Mansion House Ilkley, 1994
Sixteen California Artists, Galerie Sho, Tokyo, Japan, 1994
Bell, Benjamin, Wall, Isis Gallery, Leigh-on-Sea, 1994
Art Against AIDS/San Francisco, Bonhams & Butterfields, San Francisco, CA, 1989
Post-War British Abstract Art, Austin/Desmond Fine Art, London, 1988
40th Annual San Francisco Arts Commission Festival, Civic Center Plaza, San Francisco, CA, 1986
St. Ives: 1939-64, Tate Gallery, London, 1985
One Hundred Years of California Sculpture, Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA, 1982
British Sculpture in the Twentieth Century, Symbol and Imagination 1951-80, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, 1982
Sculpture in CA 1975-80, San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA, 1980
Aspects of Abstract Art, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA, 1979
Inaugural Exhibition, Max Hutchinson Gallery, Houston, TX, 1976
A Silver Jubilee Exhibition of Contemporary British Sculpture, Battersea Park, London, 1976
Public Sculpture/Urban Environment, Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA, 1974
British Sculptors 72, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1972
Holland Park Sculpture Exhibition, London, 1970
British Sculpture Out of the Sixties, Institute of Contemporary Art, London, 1970
Open Air Sculpture, Scottish Arts Council, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee, 1969
New British Sculpture and Painting, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, 1968 (traveling)
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL; Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX, 1968
Contemporary Arts Fair, Strozzi Palace, Florence, Italy, 1968
Exhibition of British Sculpture, Coventry Cathedral, Coventry, 1968
New British Sculpture, Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol, 1968
Sculpture in a City, Birmingham, Liverpool and Southampton, 1968
Sculpture in the Open Air, Greater London Council, Battersea Park, London, 1966
Sculpture of the Sixties, Tate Gallery, London, 1965
The London Group Jubilee, Tate Gallery, London, 1964
British Art Today, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA, 1963
Museum of Contemporary Art, Dallas, TX, 1963
Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA, 1963
British Sculpture and Painting, Collection of the Leicestershire Education Authority, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, 1962
Second Paris Bienniale, Musee d'Art Moderne, Paris, France, 1961
Sixth Congress I.U.A., South Bank, London, 1961
Joven Escultura Inglesa, Gallery Ateneo, Madrid, Spain; Museum of Modern Art, Bilbao, Spain, 1961
Contemporary British Sculpture, Arts Council, London, 1958 and 1961
British Abstract Art, Portland Gallery, 2008

Collections
Tate Gallery, London
Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester
Contemporary Art Society, London
Arts Council of Great Britain, London
Cornwall Education Committee, Cornwall
Penwith Society, St. Ives, Cornwall
Leicestershire Education Authority, Leicestershire
British Council, London
Museum of Art, Dublin
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
University Art Museum, Berkeley, CA
Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA
University of Houston, Houston, Texas
Towson State University, Towson, MD
Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery and Sculpture Garden, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
Harper College, Palatine, IL
Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA
San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, Texas
Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA
Gulbenkian Foundation, London