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Brian Wills
b. 1970 Lexington, KY
Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA

1996    AM, SSP, Harvard University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Cambridge, MA

1996    JD, SSP, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA

1992    BA, Denison University, Granville, Ohio

2014    Blessed Oblivion, Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, FL
            Artists We Like, Ochi Gallery, Ketchum, ID
            Seemingly, Quint Gallery, La Jolla, CA (Solo show)
            Veils, The Underground Museum, Los Angeles, CA
            Strength of Illusion: Line and Light, Dominique Fiat, Paris (Two person show)
            The Value of a Line, Ochi Gallery, Ketchum, ID

2013    Oscillations, Nye + Brown, Los Angeles, CA (Solo show)
            Ochi Gallery, Ketchum, ID (Solo show)

2012    Summer 2012, Nye + Brown, LA
            Unwound, Nye + Brown, LA (Solo show)
            Summer of Jack: Jack Brogan, Catherine Cone Gallery, Culver City, CA
            California Art: Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Carnegie Art Museum, Oxnard, CA       

2011    Lords & The New Creatures, Nye + Brown, Los Angeles, CA
            New Works, Karl Hutter Fine Art, Beverly Hills, CA (Solo show)
            I Don’t Know Where But She Sends Me There, Royale Projects, Indian Wells, CA
            What’s New Pussycat?, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA
            Paintings, NYEHAUS, New York, NY (Solo show)                                                                          
            Gray Day, Roberts and Tilton, Culver City, CA                                                   
            Swell: Art 1950- 2010, Friedrich Petzel Gallery, Metro Pictures, Nyehaus, New York, NY
            Bubble and Squeak, The Happy Lion, Los Angeles, CA
            Paintings and Sculpture, Marine, Venice, CA
            Karl Hutter Fine Art, Beverly Hills, CA (Two-person show)

2009    Barbara Davis Gallery, Houston, TX (Solo show)      

2008    Gallery Min Min, Tokyo (Two-person show)
            String Theory, The Happy Lion, Los Angeles, CA (Solo show)

2007   Themes and Variations: New Abstraction in Los Angeles, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA
            Fleeing the Scene, The Happy Lion, Los Angeles, CA
            California Art: Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Bel-Air, CA
            Consequence, Museum 52, London

2006    The Happy Lion, Los Angeles, CA (Solo show)
            LA Art Scene: Selected Works from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Beverly Hills, CA

2005    Sight Lines: Recent Work from Los Angeles, Galerie Michael Janssen, Cologne       

2004    Sight Lines, The Happy Lion, Los Angeles, CA
            Scope Los Angeles, Scope Circle Committee for Emerging Art, Christies, Beverly Hills, CA


2003    What a Painting Can Do, Hayworth Gallery, Los Angeles, CA


2002    Optics, Gensler, Los Angeles, CA
            Group exhibition and auction, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA

2014    Lauren Buscemi, “Brian Wills: Artist Profile”, Art Ltd Magazine

2013    Christopher Knight “Brian Wills Shows His Invigorating Stripes at Nye + Brown”, Los   Angeles Times, December 5, 2013
            Shaw, Michael “Brian Wills”, Artscene, December 2013

2012    Reviews In Brief, “Peter Alexander, Brian Wills”, Modern Painters, April 2012
            Peter Frank, “Brian Wills”, Huffington Post, February 2012            

2011    Lisa Turvey, “Brian Wills”, Artforum, February 2011     

2010    Christopher Knight, “A Gray Area Marks he Mood”, Los Angeles Times, Novembe 26, 2010                

2009     Kelly Klaasmeyer, “Cool Threads”, Houston Press, December 2009


2008    B. Vansiel, “Art Scene: West Coast Artists Brighten Dog Days of Summer at Providence’s 5 Traverse Gallery”,
            The Providence Journal, August 14,      2008 
            Shana Nys Dambrot, “Brian Wills: String Theory”, Art Review, June 2008

2007    Christopher Knight, “45 Painters Under 45”, Los Angeles Times, December 2, 2007
            Peter Frank, “Themes and Variations at the Torrance Art Museum, Artweek, December 2007

2006    Annie Buckley, “Brian Wills at The Happy Lion”, Artweek , September 2006
            Holly Myers, “Complexity from a Familiar Formula”, Los Angeles Times, July 14, 2006
            Vanity Fair, “The Art Universe”, 2006

2005    Claudia Funke, “Neues von der Westküste,” Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger Nr.64

2004    Thomas McGovern, “Sightlines at The Happy Lion,” Artweek, September 2004
            Holly Myers, “Extending off into the Horizon”, Los Angeles Times, review, June 18, 2004

The Jarl Mohn Family Foundation

Fundación/Colección Jumex
Dallas Price Van Breda

The Frederick R. Weisman Foundation

The Progressive Corporation

The Estee Lauder Collection

Palm Springs Art Museum


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