Gormley wants to convey the sense of universality and infinity that we feel in our bodies if we simply close our eyes. Our relationship with our surroundings—natural or human—is another key interest of his. Through the reflection borne in us by the sculpture, he wants us to reach a higher level of consciousness about ourselves and others, given that our internal spaces are probably where we are all most alike.
Antony Gormley incorporates a lot of historical references in his artworks. Even though there are many allusions to Egyptian aesthetics in his artworks, Havmannen is the one most reminiscent of the silent, meditative figure so distinctive in Ancient Egyptian sculptural art.
The artist himself has stated that his artworks are more about mental states than activities, and that he wants "mankind to apply these artworks as spaces for realization".
Antony Gormley's art has been exhibited the world over—Europe, North and South America and Japan. In the Nordic countries, his art was featured in a solo exhibition at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark (1989), and at a major exhibition in Malmö Konsthall in Sweden in 1993. In 1994, Antony Gormley won the Turner Prize in Britain, and was the focus of a solo exhibition at London's Tate Gallery. In 1995, he was featured in the international ARS-95 exhibit at the Helsinki Museum of Contemporary Art in Finland. He is also featured in the collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Oslo.
Born: 1950 London, England
: 1973-74 Central School of Art and Design, 1974-77 Goldsmith's College, University of London, 1977-79 Slade School of Art, London
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