Sculptor, painter and teacher, born in Loftus, Yorkshire, who studied art at King’s College (now Newcastle University); did his National Service, during which attended Farnham School of Art part-time; then became director of three-dimensional studies at Salford School of Art in 1960. After time as head of sculpture at Wolverhampton School of Art, he returned to King’s College as head of sculpture, retiring in 1994. From 1969–90, Wise was also visiting lecturer and external examiner for various universities and polytechnics. He initially worked exclusively as a sculptor, receiving joint first prize in the 1967 Northern Sculptors show at Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead, two years later starting a series of relief panels which preoccupied him until the early 1980s, when painting was increasingly of interest.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)

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