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About Sir Antony Gormley - British Sculptor

Updated on February 2, 2017
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Katherine has researched and written about many British, European and Japanese Artists - both past and present

Sir Antony Gormley - British Sculptor

This lens is about Sir Antony Gormley (1950-present) - the man who produced

"Angel of the North" - a towering sculpture in Gateshead

"Another Place" - figures on the sand at Crosby Beach,

"Event Horizon" - figures on the rooftops of London buildings (and New York in 2010) and

"Field for the British Isles" - a room filled with small clay figures.

It shares information about the art of Antony Gormley - museums and art galleries and exhibitions where you can see his work, books and articles about his artwork and other resources for artists wanting to improve their knowledge about his work.

Antony Gormley was knighted in the New Year Honours List 2014 - and is now Sir Antony Gormley.

Image: Drawing of Antony Gormley by Katherine Tyrrell - see Antony Gormley on drawing - at the Jerwood

The Angel of the North by Antony Gormley - near Gateshead, Tyne & Wear, England (photo by David Wilson Clarke)

About Antony Gormley

Antony Gormley - life and works - Links below are to his official website

Antony Gormley OBE RA is a sculptor who has explored the human image using his own body as a subject, tool and material over the course of the last 25 years. His work has been exhibited extensively both in the UK (such as the Whitechapel, Tate Modern, Hayward Galleries, British Museum and White Cube) and internationally. He has participated in major group shows such as the Venice Biennale. His most celebrated work is probably his 20m high figure 'Angel of the North' (1997). Another important installation is 'Another Place' (1998) which now has a permanent home on Crosby Beach in Merseyside.

Antony Gormley was awarded the Turner Prize in 1994 for his Field for the British Isles, a roomful of some 40,000 terracotta figures, handmade by a local community in St Helen's on Merseyside, shown at Tate Liverpool in 1994, and (until January 2003) on show at the British Museum. He also won the South Bank Prize for Visual Art in 1999 and was made an Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1997. In 2007 he was awarded the Bernhard Heiliger Award for Sculpture. 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.

Sir Antony Gormley was knighted in the New Years Honours List 2014 - for services to the Arts. This fact is not (currently) acknowledged on his website.

BOOK: Tate Modern Artists: Antony Gormley - by Martin Caiger-Smith

In this survey of the artist’s work, Martin Caiger-Smith examines Gormley’s influences and assesses his relationship to minimalism, arte povera, land and environmental art, and his response to the challenge of engaging with figurative sculpture at the beginning of the twenty-first century.

Tate Modern Artists: Antony Gormley
Tate Modern Artists: Antony Gormley
Grade Level: 8 and upSeries: Tate Modern ArtistsPaperback: 128 pagesPublisher: Tate Publishing (March 1, 2010)

Radio Interviews with Antony Gormley

Third Ear

4 November 1989 Radio 3

Antony Gormley talks to Edward Lucie Smith about...........

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Articles about Antony Gormley

Gormley is an artist who is regularly featured in the arts pages of the broadsheets. Articles relating to specific sculptures and installations are listed with related artwork.

Gormley's Sculpture and Installations in the Uk

Angel of the North

Angel of the North - designed and created by Antony Gormley

A full frontal view of the Angel of the North, a sculpture by Antony Gormley, in Gateshead, England.

Photo taken by The Halo (taken by The Halo) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The Angel of the North is probably Gormley's best known installation

Location: Low Eighton, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear NE8 7UB

Dimensions: 20.0 m x 54.0 m

Created: February 16, 1998

Media: Copper, Steel

Video: Angel of the North

BOOK: Making an Angel

A comprehensive overview of the construction and erection of the Angel of the North in Gateshead.

Created by Antony Gormley, the angel is the biggest public sculture in Britain.

Making an Angel
Making an Angel
Paperback: 144 pagesPublisher: Booth-Clibborn Editions (22 Nov 2002)

Fourth Plinth: One & Other

Fourth Plinth: One & Other - 2,400 people on the 4th Plinth in Trafalgar square for 100 days in 2009

In July 2009 Antony Gormley OBE RA presented One & Other, a Fourth Plinth Commission Members of the public, chosen by lot, were invited to spend one hour on the vacant plinth in Trafalgar Square, London.


* 2,400 people stood on the fourth plinth the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square for one hour

* Date: 100 days between July to October 2009

* People could choose to do whatever they liked for one hour.

* Thousands of people applied for a slot

* Invitations were based on a random selection

* People were filmed and photographed and people watched from across the world.

* Hundreds of thousands continued to turn to the website long after the project itself was finished.

Karen Ogilvie "performing" between 4:00 and 5:00 pm on 17 July 2009 on the fourth plinth at Trafalgar Square, London, as part of Antony Gormley's art project One & Other.

By Duncanogi at en.wikipedia. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The idea of Boris not having anything to say and simply standing there, with his hair blowing in the wind, and actually looking at the city that he's come to be the mayor of might be a very nice thing

— Antony Gormley | The Guardian: Fourth plinth: He wanted to scrap it. Now Boris Johnson could be on i

BOOK: One and Other - by Anthony Gormley

One and Other
One and Other
Antony Gormley OBE RA is an English sculptor. In July 2009 Gormley presented One & Other, a Fourth Plinth Commission, an invitation for members of the public, chosen by lot, to spend one hour on the vacant plinth in Trafalgar Square, London.

Another Place

Another Place - figures on the sand - and in the sea - at Crosby Beach

Another Place, Antony Gormley, Crosby

By Tony Grist (Photographer's own files) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons


* 17 life-size cast iron sculptures of the artist's own body. The figures stare out the Irish Sea. They're also almost all covered in barnacles as most are submerged at high tide.

* Permanent Location: Crosby Beach in Sefton - near Liverpool. (Originally made for the Elbe in Germany and displayed in several other places in Europe)

* Sefton Council agreed in 2007 that the sculptures could remain there on a permanent basis

Video: Another Place

YouTube - video of "Antony Gormley - Another Place"

Video: Another Place

Blind Light

Video: Blind Light

Video: Blind Light at the Hayward Gallery

BOOK: Antony Gormley: Blind Light

Antony Gormley: Blind Light
Antony Gormley: Blind Light
Hardcover: 160 pagesPublisher: Hayward Gallery Publishing (July 1, 2007)Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars based on 2 customer reviews

Field for the British Isles

‘twenty-five tons of clay energised by fire, sensitised by touch and made conscious by being given eyes ... a field of gazes which looks at the observer making him or her its subject.’

— Antony Gormley - about "Field of the British Isles

Antony Gormley talks to the National Trust about "Field For The British Isles"

Field for the British Isles

The book for this very popular exhibition is currently unavailable

The exhibition has been mounted in various locations. It comprises 40,000 miniature terracotta figures which were handmade in 1993 by a hundred people( ages 7 to 70) in St. Helens, Merseyside.


BOOK: Antony Gormley: Model

The book of the Exhibition - at White Cube in Bermondsey

Antony Gormley: Model
Antony Gormley: Model
Hardcover: 328 pagesPublisher: White Cube (August 31, 2013)

Antony Gormley: Model

"Fabricated from 100 tons of weathering sheet steel, Antony Gormley's "Model" is both sculpture and building--human in form but at no point visible as a total figure"

Event Horizon

Video: Event Horizon

Gormley's Sculpture and Installations in Europe

Still Standing

BOOK: Still Standing: Antony Gormley

The book of an exhibition at the State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, from September 23, 2011- January 15, 2012

Still Standing: Antony Gormley
Still Standing: Antony Gormley
Hardcover: 128 pagesPublisher: Fontanka Publishers (December 16, 2011)

Antony Gormley - Still Standing

Antony Gormley - Still Standing

White Cub - Hoxton Square

13 July – 15 September 2012

Still Standing: A contemporary intervention in the classical collection

The New Hermitage, St Petersburg

Rooms N108, N109

23 September, 2011 – 15 January, 2012


BOOK: Antony Gormley: Meter

Antony Gormley: Meter
Antony Gormley: Meter
Hardcover: 152 pagesPublisher: Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac (February 28, 2014)

Antony Gormley: Meter

METER with new sculptures by Antony Gormley at the Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Mirabellplatz 2, Salzburg

Gormley's Sculpture and Installations in the Usa

Event Horizon (in the USA)

VIDEO: Gormley scouts sites for Event Horizon in New York

A first look at the planning of Antony Gormley's Event Horizon, presented by The Madison Square Park Conservancy as part of Mad. Sq. Art 2010.

On view March 26 through August 15,2010 at Madison Square Park, New York City.

Visit and for more information.

© 2008 Katherine Tyrrell


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