Antony Gormley

Discover the Art of Antony Gormley: Iconic Sculptures, Exhibitions, and Collectible Works

Antony Gormley | Iconic Sculptor | Lougher Contemporary

Who is Antony Gormley?

Antony Gormley is a renowned British sculptor, celebrated for his exploration of the human body and its relationship with space. Born on August 30, 1950, in London, Gormley has made significant contributions to contemporary art, particularly through his large-scale sculptures and installations that engage with the environment and the viewer's perception.

Antony Gormley Angel of the North

What is Antony Gormley Famous For?

Sculptures

Gormley is best known for his thought-provoking sculptures that often depict the human figure. His works frequently explore themes of existence, consciousness, and the human condition. By using his own body as a template for many of his sculptures, Gormley creates a personal connection with his art while inviting viewers to reflect on their own experiences and interactions with the world around them.

‘Angel of the North’ (1998)

One of Gormley's most iconic works is the "Angel of the North," a massive steel sculpture located in Gateshead, England. Completed in 1998, the sculpture stands 20 meters tall with a wingspan of 54 meters, making it one of the largest and most recognisable public artworks in the UK. The "Angel of the North" has become a symbol of the Northeast of England and is admired for its imposing presence and its celebration of the region's industrial heritage.

Turner Prize Winner 1994 for ‘Field for the British Isles’

In 1994, Gormley won the prestigious Turner Prize for his installation "Field for the British Isles." This work consists of around 40,000 small clay figures, each one unique and hand-crafted by volunteers under Gormley's direction. The installation invites viewers to contemplate the collective presence of humanity and the individuality within a crowd.

Antony Gormley | Iconic Sculptor | Lougher Contemporary

What Inspired Antony Gormley?

Gormley's work is deeply influenced by his interest in anthropology, archaeology, and Eastern philosophies. His travels to India in the early 1980s, where he studied Buddhism and meditation, profoundly impacted his approach to art. Gormley seeks to explore the relationship between the body and space, drawing inspiration from the human form and its interaction with the environment.

How Does Antony Gormley Make His Artworks and Sculptures?

Gormley's creative process often begins with his own body, using it as a mould to create life-sized figures. He employs various materials, including clay, iron, and steel, to construct his sculptures. Gormley's works are characterised by their meticulous craftsmanship and their ability to evoke a sense of presence and absence simultaneously. His sculptures are often placed in diverse locations, from urban landscapes to remote beaches, challenging viewers to engage with their surroundings in new ways.

‘Another Place’ on Crosby Beach

"Another Place" is one of Gormley's most famous installations, located on Crosby Beach near Liverpool. This work consists of 100 life-sized cast iron figures spread out along the beach, facing out to sea. Installed in 1997, "Another Place" reflects Gormley's exploration of the human condition and our connection to the natural world. The figures are subject to the changing tides, weather conditions, and the passage of time, symbolizing the transient nature of human existence.

Antony Gormley White Cube

Antony Gormley White Cube

Antony Gormley is represented by the prestigious White Cube gallery, as well as Thaddaeus Ropac. These galleries have been instrumental in showcasing Gormley's work to a global audience, organizing numerous exhibitions that highlight his innovative approach to sculpture and installation art.

‘Body Politic’ Exhibition in London 2023

In 2023, Gormley held the "Body Politic" exhibition at White Cube in London, featuring some of his most iconic works, including "Resting Place." This exhibition continued Gormley's exploration of the human form and its relationship with space, offering visitors a profound and immersive experience.

Current Exhibition in New York: ‘Aerial’ (30 April – 15 June 2024)

Gormley's latest exhibition, "Aerial," is currently on display at White Cube in New York from April 30 to June 15, 2024. This exhibition showcases new works that further investigate the dynamic interplay between the human body and its environment, reinforcing Gormley's status as a leading figure in contemporary art.

Antony Gormley | White Cube | Lougher Contemporary

Collecting Antony Gormley Artworks

For collectors interested in acquiring works by Antony Gormley, Lougher Contemporary has a selection of his artworks available. Known for his profound and meditative sculptures, Gormley's pieces are highly sought after in the art market. Collectors can find limited edition prints and smaller sculptures that embody Gormley's signature style and thematic focus. These works not only represent significant artistic achievements but also serve as compelling investments in contemporary art. Get in touch with us now to find out more.

Antony Gormley's contributions to the art world are profound and far-reaching. Through his innovative sculptures and installations, he continues to challenge perceptions and inspire contemplation about the human condition and our place within the universe.

Antony Gormley | White Cube | Lougher Contemporary

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