Archive for November 4, 2012

Artist of the moment….Sculptor Antony Gormley

 

In the gallery all works by Gormley save the last two. The second from the bottom is by Richard Hambleton. The last one is by Brian Craig Winkiiri.

 

 

The artist comes from the United Kingdom. He was born in 1950 in the city of London, England.

A brief interview with the artist. He discusses the difference between modern art and what came before it.

He is well known for his very large public figures. One of his most famous works is titled Angel of the North located in Gateshead which is in the north of England.

He was one of seven children born to a wealthy family. The artist is very well schooled and has attended Trinity College, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, and Goldsmith College.  He took post graduate courses that improved his methods and ideas about sculpting at the Slade School of Art in London.

First solo exhibition was in 1981. Majority of works is with the figure. Uses his own body in many of his works.

 

For artistic comparisons I find his sculpture style, and the fact that he uses his own body in many works very reminiscent of the sculptor Brian Craig Winkiiri. Below is a great sculpture by Winkiiri.

His works on paper of the figure remind of artist Richard Hambleton. Below is a piece of art made by Hambleton.

Gormley’s artistic statement: I attempt to materialize the place at the other side of appearance where we all live. ”

Winner of the Turner prize in 1994 for a piece the Field for the Britith Isles.

An example of the artist using his own body as a mold for his castings was his project in 2007 titled “Event Horizon.” This work was 31 sculptures of the artist all anatomically correct placed in various locations around the globe. Four of the works were cast in iron. The rest were made using fiberglass. The works were all installed around business sections of London and New York.

The artist even sometimes incorporates the public in his public commissions. He organized a project called One &  Other. 2,400 people occupied a space in the famed Trafalgar Square, for one hour each day for 100 days. It ran from July to October in 2009. It was a great event for social media and brought many people to twitter to comment and follow live acts.  The project was streamed on line by SkyArts.  One person even appeared naked during an early a.m. time slot. He was asked by police to put his clothes on! He did so.

In this clip see and here Antony Gormley talk about his ambitions with the One & Other project.

Price range info: Though primarily a sculptor, he has done a fair amount of print works such as lithographs, etchings, ink, and woodcuts. A maquette of his famous Angel of the North sold for $5.57 million. Lithographs can range from $1,500 to $10,000. Most works in steel and iron go from $20,000 to $500,000.

Trustee of the British Museum since 2007.

In 2011 won the Laurence Olivier award for helping design theater sets for “Babel.”

This artist is a great example of modern and contemporary sculpture. I have the utmost respect of artists who place their works in public( so much criticism!) And the way he got people excited about art and contemporary culture to perform in his One & Other project. The artist is a great example of how communities large and small can benefit from art!

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