Constantly blurring the lines between art, architecture and design, Turner Prize winner Anish Kapoor is one of Britain’s best loved sculptors.

Beginnings

Born in Mumbai in 1954, Anish Kapoor moved to London in the 1970s to study art at the Hornsey College of Art and later at the Chelsea School of Art & Design. It was during the 1980s that Kapoor began exhibiting with the New British Sculpture group, which included artists such as Richard Deacon, Tony Cragg and Julian Opie, and gained critical acclaim for his simple curved sculptures, made from traditional materials such as granite, limestone, marble and plaster. These works were often brightly coloured using powder pigment, a method he is still known for today.

Success

In 1990 Kapoor was invited to represent Britain at the Venice Biennale where he was awarded the Premio Duemila Prize for his pavilion. In 1991 he won the Turner Prize and the next year he participated in the ninth edition of the prestigious Documenta exhibition. In 2002 Kapoor was chosen for the prestigious Turbine Hall commission at Tate Modern and since then he has created a number of high profile public sculptures such as Cloud Gate – or ‘The Bean’ – in Chicago, as well as more architectural projects like Taratantara at the Baltic in Gateshead and ArcelorMittal Orbit, a large scale tower commissioned for the London 2012 Olympic Park which, at 115m in height, became the tallest sculpture in the UK. In 1999 Kapoor was made a Royal Academician and in 2013 he was awarded a knighthood for his services to the arts.

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