Antony Gormley (British, b. 1950)
Antony Gormley was born in London in 1950. Gormley studied Archaeology, Anthropology and Art History at Trinity College, Cambridge and later attended Central School of Art and Goldsmith’s College before completing a postgraduate course in sculpture at the Slade School of Art. By using his own existence as a test ground, Gormley’s work transforms a site of subjective experience into one of collective projection. Increasingly, the artist has taken his practice beyond the gallery, engaging the public in active participation.
Over the last 20 years Antony Gormley has revitalized the human image in his work through a radical investigation of the body as a place of memory and transformation, using his own body as subject, tool and material. To Gormley, black is not simply a color but a carrier of memory. Since 1990 he has expanded his concern with the human condition to explore the collective body and the relationship between self and other.
Antony Gormley's work in included in many museum collections around the world including, the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; Museum of Modern Art, Texas; Tate Gallery, London; Kunsthalle Bremen, Germany; Israel Museum, Jerusalem; Montreal Musee des Beaux Arts, Canada; the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo and many others. He has participated in major group shows such as the Venice Biennale and the Kassel Documenta 8. He was awarded the Turner Prize in 1994 and the South Bank Prize for Visual Art in 1999 and was made an Order of the British Empire in 1997. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, Trinity College, Cambridge and Jesus College, Cambridge, and has been a Royal Academician since 2003.