25 Facts About Antony Gormley


Sir Antony Mark David Gormley was born on 30 August 1950 and is a British sculptor.

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Antony Gormley's works include the Angel of the North, a public sculpture in Gateshead in the north of England, commissioned in 1994 and erected in February 1998; Another Place on Crosby Beach near Liverpool; and Event Horizon, a multipart site installation which premiered in London in 2007, then subsequently in Madison Square in New York City, Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Hong Kong .

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Antony Gormley was born in London, the youngest of seven children, to a German mother and a father of Irish descent.

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Antony Gormley's paternal grandfather was an Irish Catholic from Derry who settled in Walsall in Staffordshire.

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Antony Gormley has stated that his parents chose his initials, "AMDG", to have the inference – "to the greater glory of God".

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Antony Gormley grew up in a Roman Catholic family living in Hampstead Garden Suburb.

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Antony Gormley attended Ampleforth College, a Benedictine boarding school in Yorkshire, before reading archaeology, anthropology, and the history of art at Trinity College, Cambridge, from 1968 to 1971.

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In June 2022 Antony Gormley said that he had applied for German citizenship, to which he is entitled through his German mother, after describing Brexit as "a practical disaster" and a "betrayal".

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Antony Gormley expected to receive his new passport within the next month.

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Antony Gormley's career began with a solo exhibition at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in 1981.

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In 2012, Antony Gormley began making sculptures that could be termed as "digital-cubism".

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Antony Gormley is a patron of Paintings in Hospitals, a charity that provides art for health and social care in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

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In 2017, Antony Gormley curated Inside, an exhibition at the Southbank Centre, London, presented by Koestler Trust showing artworks by prisoners, detainees, and ex-offenders.

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On 21 April 2018, Antony Gormley released a limited edition vinyl album of ambient sounds from his studio for Record Store Day titled Sounds of the Studio.

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In 2019, Antony Gormley repopulated the island of Delos with iron "bodyforms" with the unprecedented site-specific exhibition Sight.

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Antony Gormley installed 29 sculptures made during the last 20 years, including five new works specially commissioned by the NEON Organization, both at the periphery and integrated amongst Delos's archaeological site and museum animating the geological and archaeological features of the island.

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In 2020, Antony Gormley was confirmed to be "lending" a sculpture to Kirklees College to sit atop its new building at Pioneer House in the town of his birth, Dewsbury, as part of a major redevelopment in the town.

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Antony Gormley won the Turner Prize in 1994 with Field for the British Isles.

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Antony Gormley has been a Royal Academician since 2003, and was a trustee of the British Museum from 2007 to 2015.

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Antony Gormley is an honorary fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the Royal Institute of British Architects, honorary doctor of the universities of Teesside, Liverpool, University College London, and Cambridge, and a fellow of Trinity and Jesus Colleges, Cambridge.

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On 13 March 2011, Antony Gormley was awarded the Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance for the set design for Babel at Sadler's Wells in collaboration with Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Damien Jalet.

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Antony Gormley was the recipient of the Obayashi Prize in 2012 and is the 2013 Praemium Imperiale laureate for sculpture.

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Antony Gormley was knighted in the 2014 New Year Honours for services to the arts, having previously been appointed OBE in 1998.

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In 2019, the Royal Academy held an exhibition filling its 13 main galleries with Antony Gormley's works, including some new, some remade for the gallery, and some of his early sculptures, with two rooms of his drawings and sketchbooks.

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Antony Gormley's website includes images of nearly all of his works up to 2012.

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