Superlative sculptures

Art August 10, 2017 17:46

By The Nation

British sculptor and 1994 Turner Prize winner Antony Gormley will present his works in Thailand for the first time from August 23 in an exclusive exhibition at Sansiri Lounge on the third floor of Siam Paragon.

 While the sculptures to be showcased have yet to be announced, Gormley is known for his massive installations, the most famous of which is the “Angel of the North” in the northeast of England. The steel sculpture is 20 metres tall, with wings measuring 54m across and angled 3.5 degrees forward to create a sense of embrace towards the people.

Born in 1950, Gormley is the youngest of seven siblings. Art has been his passion since his childhood. He is widely acclaimed for his sculptures, installations and public artworks that investigate the relationship of the human body to space. His work has developed the potential opened up by sculpture since the 1960s through a critical engagement with both his own body and those of others in a way that confronts fundamental questions of where human beings stand in relation to nature and the cosmos.

Derived from many types of material, such as cast-iron blocks, stainless steel round bars – both straight and bent, Gormley’s works reflect his unique imagination.

Apart from the Angel of the North, Gormley is also known for other outstanding pieces installed in certain public places. Among them are “Another Place” consisting of 100 cast iron figures facing towards the horizon and the buzzing port of Crosby Beach in England; “Inside Australia” comprising of 51 metal figures, dotted across ten kilometres of the faraway suburb at Lake Ballard, Western Australia; as well as “Exposure” – a 25-metre-high, three-dimensional human sculpture made of thousands of handcrafted steel bars and installed at Lelystad, Netherlands.

Gormley was awarded the Turner Prize in 1994. In 1997, he was the first sculptor to be made an Officer of the British Empire (OBE), and was also awarded the Praemium Imperiale in 2013, the Obayashi Prize in 2012, the Bernhard Heiliger Award for Sculpture in 2007 and the South Bank Prize for Visual Art in 1999.