Antony Gormley was born in London in 1950. He studied Archæology, Anthropology and History of Art at Cambridge before travelling to the Near and Middle East. He then studied sculpture at Goldsmiths College and the Slade School of Fine Art.
Many of his works are based upon casts of his own body, moulded in lead or cast in iron. He is preoccupied with the mystery of the human body and the expression of inner self through outer form. Perhaps his best-known piece is the ‘Angel of the North’ a huge figure, fabricated from corten steel with a wingspan of 54 metres which dominates the landscape by the M1 motorway outside Gateshead.
Winner of the Turner Prize in 1994 and awarded an O.B.E. for services to sculpture in 1998, Gormley is internationally acclaimed. His work is held in major collections throughout the world.