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Antony Gormley Biography

Antony Gormley is most well-known for his sculpture ‘The Angel of the North’, which stands in Gateshead in the north of England. Other public works include ‘Another Place’ on Crosby Beach near Liverpool and ‘Event Horizon’, which has been shown at many sites across the world: London, Madison Square in New York, Sao Paulo in Brazil and Hong Kong. Gormley was born in London in 1950. His artistic studies began at Trinity College Cambridge in the late 1960s, where he studied History of Art. Before continuing with his creative pursuits, he travelled through Asia for three years to immerse himself in Buddhism.

When he returned, Antony Gormley went on to study at Saint Martin’s School of Art, Goldsmiths and Slade School of Fine Art, where he settled on sculpture as his medium. His major theme is the human body, often uses his own as a cast. He uses a variety of materials, including iron, fibreglass and different metals. His awards include the Turner Prize for contemporary art in 1994, the South Bank Prize for Visual Art in 1999, the Bernhard Heiliger Award for Sculpture in 2007, the Obayashi Prize in 2012 and in 2013, the Praemium Imperiale. He received a knighthood in 2014.

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