Tony Cragg initially studied at a technical college. His first job was in a biochemistry laboratory. He began his art studies in 1968 and graduated from the Royal College of Art in London in 1977. That same year he moved to Germany and has lived there ever since. He is currently a professor of sculpture at the Art Academy in Düsseldorf.
Tony Cragg belongs to a generation of British sculptors who towards the end of the 1960s transformed much of the sculpture’s visual expression while bringing sculptural expression back to life – to the visual environment in which people found themselves in the late 20th century. Typical of Tony Cragg is that he moves in the zone between nature and technology, between the mystical and the mundane, between the sublime and the ridiculous.
He is an artist who constantly observes and will not be tied to any particular style or expression. His visual expression is a response to the task he has been given and from which he gets inspiration. This is evident in his proposal for the sculpture in Bodø: With the stones he found in the surrounding environment and the breakwater’s original construction with visible stones. Tony Cragg has influenced an entire generation of young sculptors with his open approach to both materials and visual expression.
Tony Cragg has exhibited in Europe, America and Japan, and is represented in many of the main art museums in Europe and America. He represented England at the Venice Biennale in 1988, and in 1989 the Tate Gallery in London arranged an exhibition of his works. Tony Cragg won the prestigious Turner Prize in 1988.
Born: 1949 Liverpool, England
Studies: 1969-70 Gloucester College of Art, Cheltenham, 1970-73 Wimledon School of Art, 1973-77 Royal College of Art.
Place of residence: Wuppertal, Germany