Self-taught sculptor in clay, born in Salisbury, Wiltshire. He was notable for portraits and studies of the female figure; subjects included Alita Sands, the Rhythmic Gymnast Champion, 1992, and Fiona Chadwick, Royal Ballet principal, 1997. Showed at Art92, at Business Design Centre in 1992, and had many solo exhibitions in London, the Home Counties, Switzerland, Austria, Hong Kong and America. Wylder’s 1999 statue of Sir Robert Grosvenor was a commission by the Duke of Westminster for Belgrave Square. His bronze of Mother Teresa was unveiled at the Missionary House, in Calcutta, India, in 2002, the year that Wylder exhibited his working drawings for a statue of the wartime diarist Anne Frank, to be sited in London. Wylder held his first solo exhibition in 1973 in Salisbury, where his first patron was Sir Cecil Beaton.

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

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