Caroline Wiseman Modern & Contemporary
Biography

Antony Gormley was born in London in 1950. After his schooling at the Benedictine Monastic School in Ampleforth, Yorkshire, he read archeology, anthropology and history of art at Trinity College, Cambridge (1968-71). After university Gormley travelled in the Near and Middle East, studying Vipassana meditation with a Burmese teacher, S N Goenka, in India (1971-74). It was at this point that he chose to become a sculptor. He studied sculpture at the Central School of Fine Art (1974), but after a year transferred to Goldsmiths College, London (1975-77), before going on to do a postgraduate course in sculpture at the Slade School of Fine Art (1977-79).

The image of inner self as expressed in the outer form of the body has engaged Gormley throughout his career, in the marriage of casts of his own body and the mystery these invoke. Mould 1981 was his first lead body sculpture. From then on he developed a vast range of work based on his own body, moulded in lead, cast in iron, or in negative form in concrete. Milestone works include Sound II 1986, a lead and fibreglass figure in the crypt of Winchester Cathedral (when the crypt floods, the cupped hands spill water back into the pool where the figure stands); Field 1991, an assembly of 35,000 terracotta figures, each between 8 and 26 cm tall, that crowd the place in which they are exhibited, allowing the viewer only visual access; and the widely acclaimed Angel of the North 1995-98 at Gateshead, which has a wing-span of 54 metres.

Recent developments in Gormley\\\'s sculpture have given rise to very different forms: sculptures in which the figure is described by a cloud-like aura of welded steel bars, and a series of forms expressing the inner self, sharply defined and extremely dense. Winner of the Turner Prize in 1994, Antony Gormley is acclaimed internationally. With solo and group exhibitions in Europe, Scandinavia, America, Japan and Australia, his sculptures have been acquired by many public and private collections around the world. In 1998 Gormley was awared the OBE for services to sculpture.