Bill Woodrow

Bill Woodrow (b. 1948, near Henley, Oxfordshire) studied at Winchester College of Art from 1967-68, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London, from 1968-71 and Chelsea School of Art from 1971-1972. Woodrow’s early work was made from materials found in dumps, used car lots and scrap yards, partially embedded in plaster and appearing as if they had been excavated. He went on to use large consumer goods, such as refrigerators and cars, cutting the sheet metal and allowing the original structure to remain identifiable, with the cut out attached, as if by an umbilical cord, to the mother form. Collecting all manner of things, altering them and giving them a new context, allowed Woodrow an element of narrative in his work. This adherence to narrative has been maintained in his later works in bronze. Woodrow’s first solo exhibition was held at the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, 1972. Since then, his work has been exhibited worldwide. His most important solo shows include the XXI São Paulo Biennial (1991), Fool’s Gold, an exhibition of bronze sculptures at the Tate Gallery (1996) and Bee Keeper, an exhibition at the South London Gallery (2001).  In 2009, his work was included in the exhibition Earth: Art of a Changing World, at the Royal Academy of Arts, London and Modern British Sculpture, in 2001, at the Royal Academy of Arts, London. Woodrow was one of the finalists for the Turner Prize in 1986. In 2000, his work Regardless of History  was commissioned for the Fourth Plinth, Trafalgar Square, London.

Last updated: 20.02.2015

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