Julian Wild sculpture

Art exhibition by sculptor Julian Wild at Saïd Business School

About the event

Janus, a solo presentation by Julian Wild, took place from 22 January to 30 April 2019.

The exhibition was part of an on-going collaboration between the School and Lizzie Collins of the Zuleika Gallery and the works were provided courtesy of the William Bennington Gallery.

Wild has achieved critical and commercial success in his 20 year career, with works held in notable public and private collections. In 2017 he unveiled Origin, his most ambitious sculpture to date and the largest public sculpture in Oxford, commissioned by the Li Ka Shing Big Data Institute and the University of Oxford. In 2013 he was elected by his peers as Vice President of the Royal Society of Sculptors.

The exhibition was named after Janus, the two-faced Roman god of beginnings, transitions and endings, who was understood to be able to see the past and the future simultaneously, a perspective that gave him a unique insight into the present.

'Janus offered Wild the opportunity to take a retrospective look at past glories,’ explained Lizzie Collins. ‘Instead he saw it as a chance to analyse and deconstruct his own artistic practice and to take it as a starting point to develop and move his creative process forward'.

Two of Wild’s tall polished bronze works reveal vivid green cores that echo the verdigris of Oxford Saïd’s architectural copper roof.

Further to the reflective and progressive mood of the exhibition, Wild also examined the duality of the creative process as expressed by Frederick Nietzsche in his theories of the Dionysian (playful/emotional) and the Apollonian (rational) sides of the creative mind.

In the outdoor spaces of Oxford Saïd, Wild revisited some of his earlier large-scale sculptures which explored the disorder of organic growth patterns through angular welded and painted steel, a material more commonly associated with urban architecture.

‘Mirror polished bronze forms lie slumped and fleshy over the rigid painted lines of a sculpture, like a mushroom or fungus seen growing on an ancient tree, its objective beauty undermined by its parasitic nature,’ described Collins. ‘Elsewhere, two of Wild’s tall polished bronze works reveal vivid green cores that echo the verdigris of Oxford Saïd’s architectural copper roof.’

Throughout the internal spaces of the School, Wild showed new and recent works that continued to play with these juxtapositions and contradictions; architectonic and organic, order and disorder, stoic and emotional, regression and progression.

About the Zuleika Gallery

Zuleika Gallery was founded in Oxford in 2015 by Lizzie Collins, who has been working in the art world for over 20 years. Zuleika Gallery's focus is on emerging and contemporary art. We are not bound by medium and represent painters, printmakers, ceramicists and sculptors. We simply present work of the highest quality to an international audience of collectors.