Gillian Wise

(born 1936)
Gillian Wise Brown and Orange Relief with Prisms 1960


Wise studied stained glass at Wimbledon Art School from 1954-7. She became interested in the writings of American constructionist, Charles Biederman, and through correspondence with him met Anthony Hill in 1958. Becoming involved with the British constructivists, Wise brought to relief-making a concern with reflective surfaces and colour - perhaps derived from her studies in stained glass. She developed this through the use of glass prisms to reflect light brightly into the core of her work, an idea derived from the Belgian abstract artist Georges Vantongerloo. She went on to develop a series of reliefs and shallow boxes with planes of transparent Perspex, linked by elastic thread, inspired by the mathematician, Guiseppe Peano.