Antony Gormley

Sir Antony Mark David Gormley (b. 1950, London) lives and works in London and studied at Trinity College Cambridge, St. Martin's School of Art, Goldsmiths, University of London, and the Slade School of Art, UCL. He has revitalised the human form in sculpture through a radical investigation of the body as a place of memory and transformation. ‘... the body’, he says, ‘is the place where emotions are most directly registered. When you feel frightened, when you feel excited, happy, depressed somehow the body registers it.’ Additionaly, he says ‘Sculpture is an act of faith in life, in its continuity. We all do things like this; we have a stone that we keep in our pocket which is a guarantee of life's continuity and it has to do with hoping that things will work out, that life will be okay.’

He won the Turner Prize in 1994, has been a Royal Academician since 2003 and is a Trustee of the British Museum since 2007. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, Honorary Doctor of the Universities of Teesside and Cambridge, and a Fellow of Trinity and Jesus Colleges, Cambridge. In 2011, Gormley was awarded the Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance for the set design for Babel (Words) at Sadler's Wells. He was the recipient of the Obayashi Prize in 2012 and was the 2013 Praemium Imperiale laureate for sculpture. Gormley was knighted in the 2014 New Year Honours for services to the arts.

He has explored the relationship between the individual and the community in large-scale installations such as Allotment (1997); Domain Field (2003); and Another Place (2005). Angel of the North (1995/98) is a landmark in contemporary British sculpture. Field (1994), an installation of hundreds or thousands of small clay figures sculpted by the local population, has been enacted in various locations throughout the world, involving local communities across four continents. He has participated in major group exhibitions, including: the International Sculpture Biennale of Carrara (2008 and 2010); the Sydney Biennale (2006): and  the Venice Biennale (1986, 1982). Selected solo exhibitions include: Middelheim Museum, Antwerp (2013); Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, São Paulo, Rio di Janeiro and Brasilia (2012); Deichtorhallen, Hamburg (2012); State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg (2011); Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz (2010); Artium, Valencia (2009); Kunsthall Rotterdam, Musée d’Art Moderne De Saint-Etienne Metropole and MARCO, Monterrey (2008); and Hayward Gallery, London (2007).

Last updated: 23.09.2014


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