Gerald WILDE b. 1905
Painter of abstract expressionist compositions. Born 2 October 1905 at Clapham, London. Worked in a solicitor's office, but abandoned this career for painting and studied at the Chelsea School of Art 1926–31 and 1932–4 under P. H. Jowett and H. S. Williamson. Served in the Pioneer Corps during the 1939–45 war. First one-man exhibition at the Hanover Gallery 1948. Retrospective exhibition at the I.C.A. 1955. Has exhibited in mixed shows with the A.I.A. and elsewhere, but has no formal links with any art societies. His work has been interrupted by spells of ill-health.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II