Gormley, Antony

Gormley, Antony
   b. 1950, London
   Sculptor
   Antony Gormley creates introspective figures cast in lead from his own body. These forms are generalized to a type, broadly handled and devoid of any cultural or historical reference. At first his figures were implied, as in Sleeping Place (1974), or suggested by their absence, as in Bed (1981). Their actions evoke states of being and invite the spectator to contemplate human experience. Three Places recalls consciousness and Three Calls (1983–4) communication. His works encourage physical interaction; the terracotta installation of Field (1991) suggests the impact of overpopulation, while Overlooking Bogside (1987) acts as a symbol of reconciliation. Through the 1990s Gormley’s works became more monumental, culminating in 1998 with the sixty-foot Angel of the North.
   NATALIE GALE

Encyclopedia of contemporary British culture . . 2014.

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