Antony Gormley: Facts and Information

Here are some facts about Antony Gormley.

  • Antony Gormley was born on 30th August 1950 in London, England.
  • His mother was German, his father was Irish and he had six siblings.

  • He grew up in Dewsbury Moor in West Yorkshire.
  • Antony Gormley went to Ampleforth College, a boarding school, and then he went to Trinity College in Cambridge to study archaeology, anthropology and history of art.
  • In the early 1970s Antony Gormley travelled to India and Sri Lanka to learn about Buddhism.
  • From 1977 to 1979 he went to the Slade School of Fine Art and completed a course in sculpture.
  • His first solo exhibition was in 1981 at Whitechapel Art Gallery.
  • Most of his sculpture work is based around the form of the human body.
  • Many of his sculptures begin with him taking a cast of his own body.
  • His work called Asian Field featured 180,000 clay figures.
  • Event Horizon was made up of 31 life-size casts of his body and placed on top of buildings in the South Bank, London, and Madison Square, New York.
  • He won the Turner Prize in 1994 for his work Field for the British Isles. This work features 35,000 terracotta figures.
  • His most famous work is the Angel of the North, a steel sculpture (measuring 20 metres tall), located in Gateshead.
  • His other works include: Exposure (located in Lelystad, Netherlands), Habitat (located in Anchorage, Alaska), Horizon Field (located in the Austrian Alps), Quantum Cloud (Greenwich, London) and Planets (located in the British Library, London).