Tony Cragg

Stevensson (Early Forms), 1999
Bronze, 90 x 144 x 107 cm

My initial interest in making images and objects was, and still remains, the creation of objects that don’t exist in the natural or in the functional world, which can reflect and transmit information and feelings about the world and my own existence. They are not intended as dogmatic statements but as propositions, for me an essential distinction. The impulse comes directly from my observations and experiences in the world around me and rarely results out of literature or cultural history. But, I acknowledge positively the fact and influence of living at a particular moment in time.

Born in Liverpool 1949. Lives and works in Wuppertal. Education: Gloucestershire College of Art. Several nationaL and international exhibitions all over the world, notably; Venice Biennial 1988, Lisson Gallery, London, Sara Hildén Art Museum, Tampere, Tate Gallery, Liverpool , Galleri Marian Goodman, New York, Buchmann Galerie, Cologne 2004, Galerie Thad-daeus Ropac, Paris, Galleri Andersson Sandström, Umeå and Stockholm. Awarded the Turner Prize in 1988, Piepenbrock Preis für Skulptur 2002, Praemium Imperiale 2007. Elected Royal Academician, 1994. In 2009 he became Director of the Düsseldorf Art Academy.