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About Andy Goldsworthy - British Land Artist

Updated on January 11, 2018
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Andy Goldsworthy - land artist, sculptor and photographer

Find out about Andy Goldsworthy (1956-present) - the British sculptor, photographer and environmentalist.

Goldsworthy produces site-specific sculpture and land art situated in natural and urban settings.

This site shares information about

  • the art of Andy Goldworthy
  • 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.

Image: Andy Goldsworthy Retrospective at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park - Stacked Oak

"I do not have a studio; the outside is where I work."

— Andy Goldsmith (2014)

Andy Goldsworthy - biography

Andy Goldsworthy is known as a "land artist".

This means that his art is created out of the land and things found on it. Materials that he uses include rocks, leaves, twigs, stones and any substance found in the natural environment. Photography is also a feature of his work as a number of his creations are ephemeral.

His art is also created as a response to the natural features of the earth such as time and light and the seasons, nature and growth and decline.

Andy Goldsworthy was born in Cheshire in 1956. His education and studies included attending Harrogate High School, Bradford College of Art and Preston Polytechnic. He studied for a BA Fine Art at the latter and graduated in 1978.

site specific works and exhibitions

Many of Goldsworthy's site-specific works and commissions have been in the North:

  • the giant maze and Lambton Earthwork (at County Durham, 1988-9),
  • the Grizedale Forest site works (1984 onwards),
  • residencies at Yorkshire Sculpture Park (1987), the Lake District National Park (1988), and so on.

Goldsworthy has also worked at the Venice Biennale, Grise Fiord and the North Pole, in Japan, Castres and Sidobre in France, and in Haarlem, Holland.

He has had one-man shows in France, Japan, Holland and the UK, and participated in groups shows in Italy, Germany, and the USA.

A major retrospective, Hand to Earth: Andy Goldsworthy: Sculpture: 1976-1990, was held at the Henry Moore Centre for the Study of Sculpture, Leeds City Art Gallery: the show also travelled to the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh, Stedelijke Musea, Gouda and Centre Regionald'Art Contemporain Midi-Pyrenees in Toulouse.

goldsworthy and the media

Goldsworthy's work has appeared on TV and regional news programmes plus appearances on Radio 4's arts show Kaleidoscope and Radio 3's arts interview slot, Third Ear.

In the 1990s, Goldsworthy's art began to rise in popularity: the glossy coffee table book Stone became a bestseller.

  • In 1994 Goldsworthy took over some West End galleries with a large one-man show.
  • In 1995 he took part in a group show at the British Museum and created sculptures, along with Richard Deacon, Peter Randall-Page and others, in amongst the monumental statuary of the famous Egyptian Hall.
  • In 1995, he designed a set of Royal Mail stamps.
  • A half-hour BBC TV programme on Goldsworthy's Sheepfolds project was aired in 1997; there was also a Sheepfolds exhibition at Michael Hue-Williams Gallery in London.
  • Recent works have included:
  • Night Path (2002) and Chalk Stones (2003) in Sussex,
  • Three Cairns (2002) on the East and West coasts,
  • Stone Houses (2004) and Garden of Stones (2003) in Gotham,
  • Passage (2005) in London,
  • Slate Domes (2005) in Washington, DC and
  • an exhibition at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
  • 2013 - Stone Sea is a monumental site-specific commission created at the St Louis Museum. It's been described as Goldsworthy's most significant work in North America.

Video: a rare public lecture by Andy Goldsworthy talking about his life's work

VIDEO - Andy Goldsworthy talking about his work - Andy Goldsworthy 1987 Grizedale

Waldemar Januszczak assisting Andy Goldsworthy, create some impromptu land art in the Scottish border

Andy Goldsworthy - The Digital Catalogue

The Digital Catalogue documents, visually and textually, the first ten years of Andy Goldsworthy's ephemeral, outdoor practice. It replicates Goldsworthy's Slide Cabinet Index, and includes previously unpublished material from Goldsworthy's Sketchbook Diaries.

The Digital Catalogue project was initiated by the University of Glasgow at the Crichton Campus, Dumfries, and was supported by the University's Humanities Advanced Technology and Information Institute (HATII). It was realised with funding from The Crichton Foundation, Dumfries, and from Private Donors in Dumfries & Galloway.

Please note:

* The Digital Catalogue is not a commercial resource.

* The DVD-Rom is not available for purchase.

* The University of Glasgow does not supply Rights or Reproductions in relation to any works of art by Andy Goldsworthy.

* The University of Glasgow does not supply resources for teachers or educators.

* The University of Glasgow will not receive or respond to correspondence or invitations addressed to Andy Goldsworthy.

Andy Goldsworthy - Works

This lists sites where you can see images of Goldsworthy's work

TateShots: Andy Goldsworthy studio visit

BOOKS: About Andy Goldsworthy's work - Books on Amazon

Goldsworthy's books are a record of his land art through his photographs

He tends to develop works and publish series around specific themes.

Video: Exhibition at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Andy Goldsworthy and his work in Museums and Sculpture Collections

These are the museums where you can see some of the physical manifestations of Goldsworthy's art.

Some of the projects have involved working in the museums.

Installation at the National Gallery's East Wing in Washington, DC in January 2005

DVDs Rivers & Tides - DVDs on Amazon

BOOKS: Overview of Andy Goldsworthy and his work - Books on Amazon

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    • makingamark profile imageAUTHOR

      Katherine Tyrrell 

      5 years ago from London

      @IanTease: Thanks Ian. Always nice to hear about the personal contacts with artists. He's always seemed like a great guy to me too.

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      5 years ago

      I'm a fan of Andy Goldsworthy's work particularly anything to do with stone walls. Was on a stone carving diploma with a chap who did a lot of walling for him at the Yorkshire sculpture park and said he was a great guy. Nice lens.

    • natashaely profile image


      7 years ago

      What an impressive artist, unique and fascinating. I had never heard of him but my husband said how good he was, this is an amazing page :)

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      8 years ago

      We just discovered Andy Goldsworthy this morning by watching Rivers And Tides. Will have to say that I've never been more impressed by an artist. Thank you for putting this source together. Seeing a new coffee-table book in our future...

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      8 years ago

      I found this video at google video.It show the making of one of that circles with yellow to orange leaves as shown in the book hand to earth:

    • howdoyouspellst profile image


      9 years ago

      I watched Rivers And Tides in an art class a few months back. Andy Goldsworthy is amazing. Great resource, thanks!

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      10 years ago

      this really is some great information! thanks! anyone have any idea what were andy goldsworthy's influences?

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      10 years ago

      Wow. You have really covered it all here. Great lens on Andy Goldsworthy.

    • RolandTumble profile image


      10 years ago

      Goldsworthy is one of my all-time favorite artists. Thanks!

    • TheBookGarden1 profile image


      11 years ago

      Cool! I'm a big fan of Andy Goldsworthy and his creations, nice collection of resources!


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