The ability of Turner Prize winner Sir Anish Kapoor to blur the boundaries between architecture, art and design has made him one of the most influential sculptors of his generation.
Born in India in 1954, Sir Anish Kapoor moved to London in the 1970’s 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 gained critical acclaim for his monochromatic simple curved sculptures. Usually created in bright colours these sculptures seem to recede into the distance, disappear into the ground or distort the space around them. This was the materialization Kapoor’s fascination with matter, non matter and the concept of infinity, as he says of his creative process, “In the end, I’m talking about myself. And thinking about making nothing, which I see as a void. But then that’s something, even though it really is nothing.
Over the past 30 years, Kapoor has created sculptures and installations which have been displayed all over the world. Maintaining his distinctive style, Kapoor has used a variety of materials including stone, mirrors and water to ‘manipulate’ time and space. His most notable works Taratantara, Marsyas, Cloud Gate and ArcelorMittal Orbit, challenge their environments and demonstrate why Kapoor is one of the world’s most sought after artists.
In 2013, Kapoor received a knighthood for his services to the visual arts, and in 2016 he acquired exclusive rights over the artistic use of the blackest black, Vantablack, developed by English scientists.