Artists



Untitled (neon’s on walnut)
Single strand thread on walnut
2018
24 x 12 inches each
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Born in 1970, Lexington, KY

Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA

EDUCATION

1996

MA, SSP, Harvard University, Graduate School of Arts and Science, Cambridge, MA

1996

JD, SSP, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA

1992

BA, Denison University, Granville, OH

COLLECTIONS

Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA

Fundacion/Coleccion Jumex, Mexico

Frederick R. Weisman Foundation, Los Angeles, CA

The Progressive Corporation, Mayfield Village, OH

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018

Brian Wills, Parisian Laundry, Montréal, Quebec, CA

2017

Texture/Pattern, Quint gallery, San Diego, CA

Line + Light, Praz-Delavallade, Los Angeles, CA

Transient, TOTAH, New York, NY

2016

Quint Gallery, La Jolla, CA, US

New Works, Praz-Delavallade, Paris, FR

2015

Ochi Gallery, Ketchum, ID

2014

Seemingly, Quint Gallery, La Jolla, CA, US

Strength of Illusion: Line and Light, Dominique Fiat, Paris, France

2013

Oscillations, Nye + Brown, Los Angeles, CA

Ochi Gallery, Ketchum, ID

2012

Unwound, Nye + Brown, Los Angeles, CA

2011

New Works, Karl Hutter Fine Art, Beverly Hill

Gallery Min Min, Tokyo, Japan

String Theory, The Happy Lion, Los Angeles, CA

2006

The Happy Lion, Los Angeles, CA

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018 Summer Breaks, Joshua Liner Gallery, New York, NY

Woven, Rental Gallery, East Hampton, NY

2017

I Love L.A., Praz-Delavallade, Los Angeles, CA

2016

What’s Up?, Soho Review, London, UK

2015

Tenth Anniversary Show, Gavlak Gallery, Los Angeles/Palm Beach, CA

Up to and Including the Horizon, Ochi Projects, Los Angeles, CA

An Aesthetics of Slowness, Dorsky Curatorial, New York, NY

2014

Blessed Oblivion, Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, FL

Ochi Gallery, Ketchum, ID

Veils, The Underground Museum, Los Angeles, CA

The Value of a Line, Ochi Gallery, Ketchum, ID

2012

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

I Don’t Know Where But She Sends Me There, Royale Projects, Indian Wells, CA

What’s New Pussycat?, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA

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

2007

Themes and Variations: New Abstraction in Los Angeles, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA, US

Fleeing the Scene, The Happy Lion, Los Angeles, CA

2005

Sight Lines: Recent Work from Los Angeles, Galerie Michael Janssen, Köln, DE

2003

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

2002

Optics, Gensler, Los Angeles, CA, US MOCA, San Diego, CA

BIBLIOGRAPHY

2017

Dambrot, Shana Nys, Brian Will: Line + Light, Artillery Magazine, November 2017

Hudson, Suzanne, Helen Pashgian and Brian Wills, Art Forum, October 2017

Madlener, Adrian, Brian Wills’ Line + Light, TL Magazine, September 2017

The 20 Best Booths at The Armory Show, Booth 712, Artsy, March 2017

2015

Schreil, Christina, Illusions of Grandeur, QBoro Magazine, 2015

2014
Buscemi, Lauren, Brian Wills: Artist Profile, Art Ltd Magazine, July-August 2014

2013
Knight, Christopher, Brian Wills Shows His Invigorating Stripes at Nye + Brown, LA Times, December 5, 2013

Shaw, Michael, Brian Wills, Artscene, December 2013

2012

Peter Alexander, Brian Wills, Modern Painters, April 2012

Frank, Peter, Brian Wills, Huffington Post, February 2012

2011

Turvey, Lisa, Brian Wills, Artforum, February 2011

2010

Knight, Christopher, A Gray Area Marks the Mood, LA Times, November 26, 2010

2009

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

2008

Vansiel B., Art Scene: West Coast Artists Brighten Dog Days of Summer at Providence’s 5 Traverse Gallery, The Providence Journal, August 14, 2008

Nys Dambrot, Shana, Brian Wills: String Theory, ArtReview, June 2008

2007

Knight, Christopher, 45 Painters Under 45, LA Times, December 2, 2007

Frank, Peter, Themes and Variations at the Torrance Art Museum, Artweek, December 2007

2006

Buckley, Annie, Brian Wills at The Happy Lion, Artweek, September 2006

Myers, Holly, Complexity from a Familiar Formula, LA Times, July 14, 2006

The Art Universe, Vanity Fair, 2006

2005

Funke, Claudia, Neues von der Westküste, Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger, n°64, 2005

2004

Myers, Holly, Extending off into the Horizon, LA Times, June 18, 2004