Turner Prize winning artist Sir Antony Gormley is regarded as one of Britain’s foremost contemporary sculptors.
Since winning the Turner Prize in 1994 with Field – his sculpture made up of 35,000 terracotta figures – Gormley has been prized as the artist who has revitalised the human subject in contemporary British sculpture. His most notable works Field, Another Place, Angel of the North and Event Horizon all free the body from representation by creating a dynamic, non-idealised human body. For Event Horizon Gormley constructed and installed 31 life-size and anatomically-correct casts of his body across London and New York. With the aim of questioning where human beings stand in relation to nature and the cosmos, this work encouraged people to think about the environment around them.
Angel of the North stands in Gateshead, near Newcastle upon Tyne, at 20 meters tall with a wingspan of 54 meter wingspan – the wings don’t stand straight but are angled 3.5 degrees forward; Gormley did this to create “a sense of embrace”.
Having achieved international exposure and esteem, Gormley’s work has been exhibited all over the world in such high profile-venues as Venice Biennale, Sydney Biennale, Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, Tate and the Hayward Gallery in London. At auction his sculptures, prints and woodblocks continue their popularity.