Figurative sculptor in a range of materials, and teacher, born in Larne, County Antrim, Northern Ireland, who also worked as Frank Wiles. He studied at Belfast College of Art and Dublin’s Metropolitan School of Art (where he went on to teach), winning a string of medals in Irish national competitions. Wiles was a keen athlete, enjoying cycling, sailing, swimming and walking. He became a member of RUA (which organised a memorial show at Old Museum, Belfast, 1958), also exhibiting at RHA, RA and RSA. Completed public sculpture around Ireland, including a granite lion for the War Memorial, Newcastle, County Down. Died in Larne, County Antrim, where St Columba’s College has sculpture by Wiles. Belfast’s Ulster Museum also holds his work.

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

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