Brian Wall
Artist Biographical Information


1931 London, England


1961-62 Ealing College of Art, Middlesex, England
1962-72 Central School of Art & Design, London.
1969-92 University of California, Berkeley


1957 School of Architecture, London
1959 Drian Gallery, London
1960 Drian Gallery, London
1962 Grabowski Gallery, London
1963 Manchester City Art Gallery, England
1964 Grabowski Gallery, London
1966 Grosvenor Gallery, London
1967 Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol, England
1968 Grosvenor Gallery, London
1971 William Sawyer Gallery, San Francisco
1973 San Jose State University Art Gallery, California
1974 Quay Gallery, San Francisco
St. Mary's College, Moraga, California
1976 Braunstein/Quay Gallery, San Francisco
Dootson/Calderhead Gallery, Seattle University of Nevada, Las Vegas
1977 Sculpture Now, New York
1978 Braunstein/Quay Gallery, San Francisco
Sculpture Now, New York
1979 Max Hutchinson Gallery, Houston
1981 Max Hutchinson Gallery, New York. Catalogue
1982 California State University at Stanislaus
"Brian Wall: Retrospective," Seattle Art Museum, Washington, Catalogue
1983 "Brian Wall: Retrospective," San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Catalogue
John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco
1987 Simon Lowinsky Gallery, New York
1992 Francis Graham-Dixon Gallery, London
1995 Brian Wall: Lyrical Steel, Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery and Sculpture Garden, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Catalogue.
1999 Jerinigan Wicker Fine Arts, San Francisco


1958 "Contemporary British Sculpture," Arts Council, London
1960 "Benjamin, Tilson, Wall," AIA Gallery, London
1961 Second Paris Bienniale,Musee d'Art Moderne, Paris Sixth Congress I.U.A., South Bank, London,
1962 "Joven Escultura Inglesa," Gallery Ateneo, Madrid and Museum of Modern Art, Bilbao
1962 "Contemporary British Sculpture," Arts Council, London London Group, London
1963 "British Art Today," San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
1963 Museum of Contemporary Art, Dallas
1963 Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California
1963 118, Kasmin Gallery, London
1964 "The London Group Jubilee," Tate Gallery, London
1965 "Sculpture of the Sixties," Tate Gallery, London
1966 "Fifty Years of Sculpture," Grosvenor Gallery, London
1966 "Sculpture in the Open Air," Greater London Council, Battersea Park, London, Catalogue
1968 "New British Sculpture and Painting," Organized by Whitechapel Art Gallery for UCLA Galleries. Traveled to: University Art Museum, Berkeley, California; Portland Art Museum, Oregon; Vancouver Art Gallery, British Columbia; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston. Catalogue
1968 "British Sculpture and Painting, Collection of the Leicestershire Education Authority, " from the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, Catalogue
1968 "Contemporary Arts Fair," Strozzi Palace, Florence, Catalogue
Exhibition of British Sculpture, Coventry Cathedral, England, Catalogue
1968 "New British Sculpture,"Arnolfini gallery, Bristol, England, Catalogue
1968 Open Air Sculpture, Festival of London "Sculpture in a City" Birmingham, Liverpool and Southampton, England, Catalogue
1969 "Open Air Sculpture," Scottish Arts Council, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee,
1970 Holland Park Sculpture Exhibition, London
1970 "British Sculpture Out of the Sixties," Institute of Contemporary Art, London, Catalogue
1972 "British Sculptors '72," Royal Academy of Arts, London, Catalogue
1974 "Serra, Wall, Zecher," San Francisco Art Institute, Catalogue
1974 "Sixteen West Coast Artists," Galerie Allen, Vancouver, British Columbia
1974 "Public Sculpture/Urban Environment," Oakland Museum, California, Catalogue
1976 "Bay Area Sculpture Retrospective," James Willis Gallery, San Francisco
1976 "20 American Sculptors," University of Texas, Dallas,
1977 "Inaugural Exhibition," Max Hutchinson Gallery, Houston
1977 "A Silver Jubilee Exhibition of Contemporary Battersea Park, London, British Sculpture." Catalogue
1977 "Outdoor Sculpture," City of Palo Alto, California
1979 "Aspects of Abstract," Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, California, Catalogue
1980 "Sculpture in California 1975-80," San Diego Museum of Art, California, Catalogue
1980 "Eleventh International Sculpture Conference," Washington, D.C., Catalogue
1980 "Shidoni's Sixth Annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition," Shidoni Foundry and Gallery, Tesuque, New Mexico
1981 "Polychrome," Hansen Fuller Goldeen Gallery, San Francisco
1981 "British Sculpture in the Twentieth Century, Symbol and Imagination 1951- 1980," Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, Book
1981 "Sculpture Now: Contemporary American Sculpture" Park West Gallery, Southfield, Michigan,
1982 John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco
1982 "Forgotten Dimension... A Survey of Small Sculpture in California," Fresno Arts Center, California, and traveling through 1984, Catalogue
1982 "One Hundred Years of California Sculpture," Oakland Museum, California, Catalogue
1982 "Twelfth International Sculpture Conference," Oakland, California,S/1
1983 "The Planar Dimension: Geometric Abstraction by Bay Area Artist," Civic Arts Gallery, Walnut Creek, California
1983 "Chicago International Art Exposition," Chicago, Illinois
1985 "St. Ives: 1939 - 64," Tate Gallery, London, cat.
1985 "Going Public: Sculpture from Studio to Site," Civic Arts Gallery, Walnut Creek
1986 "40th Annual San Francisco Arts Commission Festival," Civic Center Plaza, San Francisco
1987 "Sculpture and Works in Relief," John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco
1987 "New Acquisitions," John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco
1987 "Sculpture Fields," Max Hutchinson Gallery, Kenoza Lake, New York
1987 "The Ethnic Idea," Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley Faculty Drawing Show, Worth Ryder Gallery, U.C. Berkeley
1988 "Bay Area Sculpture: Metal, Stone and Wood," Palo Alto Cultural Center, Palo Alto
1988 "Post-War British Abstract Art," Austin/Desmond Fine Art, London
1989 Art Against AIDS/San Francisco, Butterfield & Butterfield
1989 San Francisco Faculty Show, Worth Ryder Art Gallery, U.C. Berkeley
1992 "Wagner, Wall, Wareham," Pacific Rim Sculpture Group, Contract Design Center, San Francisco
1992 "Annesley, Levy, Twyford, Wall," Tallberg Taylor Gallery, Greenwich, England
1994 "The Constructed Space: Painting, Sculpture and Verse Commemorating the Poet W.S.Graham", The Mansion House Ilkley, England, Catalogue
1994 "Sixteen California Artists," Galerie Sho, Tokyo
1994 Bell, Benjamin, Wall, Isis Gallery, Leigh-on-Sea, England, Catalogue
1995 Abstract British Art: Sculpture, Flowers East Gallery, London
1996 Abstract British Art: Drawings, Flowers East Gallery, London
1997 U.C. Berkeley Art Faculty, President's House, Berkeley


Tate Gallery
London Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, England
Contemporary Art Gallery
London Arts Council of Great Britain Cornwall Education Committee
England Penwith Society, St. Ives, Cornwall
England Leicestershire Education Authority
England British Council
London Museum of Art
Art Gallery of New South Wales
University Art Museum, Berkeley
California Oakland Museum
California University of Houston
Texas Towson State University
Maryland Seattle Art Museum
Washington Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery and Sculpture Garden
University of Nebraska, Lincoln
William Rainey Harper College, Illinois


Prizes: 1975 Sculpture Competition Finals, Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), San Francisco, California
1979 Sculpture Competition Finals, Los Angeles Harbor Department, California
1980 Sculpture Competition Finals, City of Livermore, California Sculpture Commisions: 1968 "Thornaby" for New Town Center, Thornaby, Great Britain
1978 "Ali" for College of Technology, University of Houston, Texas
1980 "Three Corners" for Towson State University, Baltimore, Maryland
Grants: 1978-79 Humanities Research Fellowship Program, University of California at Berkeley


Herbert Read, Contemporary British Art, London, Great Britain: Penguin Books, 1951, plate 12A
Architectural Design, May 1959, (artist's statement and illustration)
Norbert Lynton, "London Letter," Art International, November 1961
"Two Masters of Form," London Times, 2 March 1964
Norbert Lynton, "London Letter," Art International, vol.III, no. 3, April 1964, pp.77-78, ill.
"Latest Developments in British Sculpture," Art & Literature II, Summer 1964
"London Letter", "Art Interanational, October 1965
"In the World of Art," Daily Mirror, 31 December 1965, ill.
Norbert Lynton, Studio International, 1965, vol. IX, pp.9-10
Charles S. Spencer, "Brian Wall: Sculptor of Simplicity," Studio International, March 1966, ill.
Norbert Lynton, "New Sculpture: Brian Wall," Art and Artists, April 1966, pp.24-27, ill.
Andrew Causey, "New Sculpture by Brian Wall," Illustrated London News, 9 April 1966, ill.
Griffith Williams, "Sculptors Come into Line," Cardiff Western Mail, 16 April 1966 Edwin Mullins, "Art," London Sunday Telegraph, 17 April 1966
Charles S. Spencer, "London Show Offers Brian Wall Sculpture," New York Times, International Edition, 19 April 1966
"The Sheet-Iron Assemblies of Mr. Brian Wall," London Times, 20 April 1966
Nigel Goslin, London Observer, April 1966
Norbert Lyton, Manchester Guardian, April 1966
John Russell, "Art," London Sunday Times, April 1966
London Art News, Summer 1966
Bryan Robertson, The Spectator, 1966
David Thompson, The Queen, 1966
Bryan Robertson, John Russell, Lord Snowdon, Private View, London, Great Britain: Thomas Nelson & Sons, Lte., 1966, pp. 108, 254-55, ill.
Brian Wall, Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol, Great Britatin, (artist's statement), 1967
David Thompson, "A Decade of British Sculpture," Cambridge Opinion no. 37, 1967
Henry J. Seldis, "New British Painting and Sculpture in Exhibition," Los Angeles Times, 14 January 1968 Manchester Guardian, 25 March 1968, ill.
"Impatient Sculpture Unveils Itself", Evening Gazette, 25 March 1968, ill.
"Thornaby Reborn," Thornaby Tribune, March 1968, ill.
Kenneth Coutts-Smith, "London: Lines of Influence", Art and Artists, September 1968
Norbert Lynton, "Out on a Lim," Manchester Guardian, 30 September 1968
Kenneth Coutts-Smith, "Hundreth Exhibition," Sculpture International, vol.II, no.3, October 1968, ill.
Eddie Wolfram, "Brian Wall," Arts Review, 12 October 1968
John Russell, "Art," London Sunday Times, 13 October 1968
"Large Sculpture for Thornaby," Sculpture International, vol.II, no. 3, October 1968, ill.
"British Galleries at the Florence Fair," Studio International, November 1968, ill.
Brian Wall: Retrospective, New York, New York: E.S.M. Documentations, (including 44 transparencies), 1969 G.S. Whittet, "Question and Artist: Brian Wall," Sculpture International, vol. 3, no. 1, October 1969, pp.44-49, ill. Sculpture International, October 1969, (artist's statement)
Michel Seuphor, Sculpture of This Century, New York, New York: George Brazillier, Inc., 1970
Donald J. Irving, Sculpture, New York, New York: Van nostrand Reinhold Co., p.27, ill., 1970
"San Francisco", Artforum, April 1971
Arthur Bloomfield, "Art Like a Child's Playground", San Francisco Examiner, April 1971, ill.
Thomas Albright, "Steel Sculpture...," San Francisco Chronicle, 6 April 1971
Artweek, 17 April 1971, ill.
James Dickey, "Sculpture," San Jose News, California, 13 July 1973, ill.
Thomas Albright, "Unusual Art in San Francisco," San Francisco Chronicle, 7 January 1974
"Monumental, Simple Sculpture," San Francisco Chronicle, 16 January 1974, ill.
Arthur Bloomfield, San Francisco Examiner, 16 January 1974, ill.
Sylvia Brown, "Brian Wall," City Magazine, San Francisco, January 1974, p.28, ill.
Cecille McCann, Artweek, 19 January 1974, ill. St. Mary's Collegian, 15 March 1974, ill.
Art Perry, "West Coast Exhibit," Vancouver Province, Washington, 17 August 1974
Alfred Frankenstein, "A Gallery Full of Sculpture," San Francisco Chronicle, 29 January 1976
"First Principles of Sculpture," San Francisco Chronicle, 5 February 1976
Robert McDonald, "The Finiteness of Form," Artweek, 21 February 1976
Charles Shere, "Impressive Showing of Bay Area Sculpture," Oakland Tribune, 22 February 1976
R.M. Campbell, "Two Interesting Sculpture Shows," Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Washington, May 1976, ill. Peter Selz, "Brian Wall At Braunstein/Quay," Art in America, May-June 1976, ill.
Hilton Kramer, New York Times, 13 May 1977
Joanne Dickson, "Public Sculpture in Palo Alto," Artweek 30 July 1977, ill.
Thomas Albright, "A Conception of Balance," San Francisco Chronicle, 9 September 1978 , ill.
Joanne Dickson, "Lines and Planes in Tension and Harmony," Artweek, 30 September 1978, ill.
Thomas Albright, "San Francisco," Art News, January 1979
John Russell, "Three Striking Current Shows," New York Times, 7 January 1979, ill.
Charlotte Moser, "Artist's Work Exploits Three Minimal Themes," Houston Chronicle, Texas, 31 March 1979 Robbie Ehrlick, Arts, April 1979, review and ill.
Art News, April 1979, review Knute Stiles, "Brian Wall at Braunstein/Quay," Art in America, May-June 1979 Rick Glaze, "Thirty Years of Recent Sculpture...," Palo Alto Weekly, California, 6 December 1979
New York Times, 12 April 1981, p.2A-1, ill.
Sandy Nairne and Nicholas Serota, ed. British Art in the Twentieth Century, London, Great Britain: Whitechapel Art gallery, 1981, pp. 180, 263
Regina Hackett, "Opposites," Seattle Post-Intellgencer, Washington, 2 July 1982, p.D-4, review and ill.
Ron Glowen, "Brian Wall: Tempering Toughness with Elegance," Artweek, 31 July 1982, p.1, ill.
Hugh J. Delehanty, "Public Sculpture: Who Chooses? Who Loses?" Focus, August 1982, pp.26-29,66,ill.
Al Morch, "S/12: Sculpture Around the Bay" San Francisco Examiner, 4 August 1982
Brenda Lane, "Installing Sculptures Takes Brains, Brawn" Oakland Tribune, 12 August 1981, p.D-10, ill. "Brian Wall: Sculpture, 1950-1982" Sculptors International, August 1982, vol. 1, no.3, p.20,ill.
Leo Stutzin, "Sculpture Almost Defies Gravity" Modesto Bee, California, 7 November 1982, p. C-7, ill.
Patricia Failing, "Sculpture Almost Defies Gravity" Art News, November 1982, pp. 155-56, ill.
Sandy Ballatore, "Sculpture Conferencing-A Personal Response" Images and Issues, November-December 1982, pp.40-44, ill.
Carol Fowler, "Sculpture That is Definitely off the Wall" Contra Costa Times, California, 16 January 1983, ill. Thomas Albright, "Tough and Elegant Sculpture" San Francisco Chronicle, 19 January 1983, p. 54, ill. Charles Shere, "Gallery Roundup" Oakland Tribune, 20 January 1983, p. D-3
Al Morch, "Abstract Sculpture Says a Lot" San Francisco Examiner, 24 January 1983, p.B-12, ill.
Dorothy Burkhart, "Constructivist Sculptor Builds the Right Angles," San Jose Mercury News, California, 27 January 1983, p.D-2, ill.
Suzanne Simpson, "Gazetteer" Nob Hill Gazette, San Francsico, February 1983
"Brian Wall: Early Yellow" Lively Arts, February-March 1983, p.7, ill. Art Now/California Gallery Guide, March 1983, p. CA-17, ill.
Thomas Albright, "Lines, Cubs and the Root of the Abstract" San Francisco Chronicle, 17 April 1983, p. 12 "Brian Wall" Art News, May 1983, p. 135
Andrea Liss, "Bay Area Geometric Abstraction" Artweek, 7 May 1983, pp. 1 & 16
Julie Anixter, "Brian Wall Retrospective at San Francsico Museum of Modern Art and Seattle Art Museum" Images and Issues, May-June 1983, ill.
Trends and testimonies of Contemporary Art, Accademia Italia, Salsomaggiore, Italy, 1983, ill.
Thomas Albright, "Artist Who Alludes to Human Form" San Francisco Chronicle, 1 July 1983, p. 42
Alice Miller, "Urban Sculpture Garden" Berkeley Gazette, California, 1 November 1984, p.8-9, ill.
Thomas Albright, Art in the San Francisco Bay Area-1945-1980, Berkeley, California: University of California Press, 1985, pp. 224.225 ill., 320
Alan Bowness, et al. St. Ives 1939-64 London, Great Britain: Tate Gallery Pulications, 1985, pp. 33, 109-112, 114 ill., 116, 124, 144 ill., 1996
Kenneth Baker, "S.F. Arts Festival to Focus on Outdoor Sculpture" San Francisco Chronicle, 22 April 1986 Sculpture and Works in Relief, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, 1986, ill.
Zyzzyva, June, 1987, San Francisco, ill.
Dorothy Burkhart, "P.A. Show Follows Sculptural Traditions," San Jose Mercury News, March 18 1988
Jane Ayers, "Important Images in Metal Stone and Wood," Peninsula Times Tribune, 20 March 1988, cover ill., color
Peter Davies, The St. Ives Years, International Standard Books, England, 1988
Margaret Garlake, Post-War British Abstract Art, Austin/Desmond Fine Art, London, England, 1988, ill. Christopher Andreae, "A Collage of Steel Elements," The Christian Science Monitor, Boston, Mass., October 5, 1992, p. 16 ill.
David Mellor, The Sixties Art Scene in London, Phaidon, London, 1993.
Peter Davies, St. Ives Revisited: Innovators and Followers, Old Bakehouse Publications, Gwent, U.K., 1994, ill.
Chris Stephens, The Constructed Space: Painting, Sculpture and Verse Commemorating the Poet W.S. Graham," City of Bradford Metropolitan Council, 1994.
Chris Stephens, Bell, Benjamin, Wall, Isis Gallery, Leigh-on-Sea, England, 1994
George Neubert and Jon Carroll, Brian Wall: Lyrical Steel, Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery and Sculpture Garden, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, 1995.