Antony Gormley was born in 1950 and since the late 1970s has been internationally recognised for breathing new life into the use of the human form in art. Gormley studied at Saint Martin's School of Art and Goldsmiths, and completed a postgraduate course in sculpture at the Slade between 1977 and 1979. His first solo exhibition was held at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in 1981.
Winner of the Turner Prize in 1994, Gormley is acclaimed internationally and his sculptures have been acquired by many public and private collections around the world. In 1998 Gormley was awarded the OBE for services to sculpture. He has been a Royal Academician since 2003 and in 2014 was knighted for services to the arts.
Much of Gormley's work is based on his understanding of spiritual traditions. He works with archetypes, yet roots his work in subjective experience. What absorbs him above all is the way in which man contains, but is also contained by, infinite space.