David Wilde

Born and raised in a working-class family in Rusholme in Manchester, David Wilde (birth name Norman Shacklock) was accepted into the Manchester School of Art at the age of fifteen. Surviving direct air raids as a draughtsman during WWII, he became a technical illustrator by profession and was also a successful erotic illustrator on the continent where he exhibited alongside Dali and Picasso.
However, it is when you look beyond his professional life that you discover the secret Wilde; a metaphysical poet and abstract artist who captured radical images directly from his surroundings. Artist David Wilde has rejected the typically Northern way of representing Britain and replaced it with his own Futurist inspired vibrant pictorial style.

Oscillating from bold, geometric lines to impasto swirls of colour, David Wilde's art would pick out every colour in the landscape even if found in only minute quantities ‘All the colours are out there if you look’

David Wilde died in the late 1970s leaving behind an incredible body of work inspired by the industrial North and North Wales and which was only discovered after his death. An intriguing missing piece of art history which the Watergate Street gallery has the unique opportunity of sharing with you."
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The Consuming Flames of Industry
Mondrian's Factory
Mondrian's Factory
The Day Also Rises, Snowdonia
The Brave Train Running the Gauntlet of the Blitz
To Work; The Consuming Flames Of Heavy Industry
Team 3 to Crisis Point
Workers Hurry to Pifco
The Shunting Yard At Night
Near Victoria Station
Downed Raider
Downed Raider
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