Born 1956, Cheshire.
Andy Goldsworthy was brought up in Leeds, and attended Bradford Art College and Preston Polytechnic graduating in 1978. He won Yorkshire and Northern Arts awards in 1980, 1981 and 1982. In 1984 and 1985 he held residencies at Grizedale Forest, Cumbria.
Andy Goldsworthy is a sculptor, photographer and land artist whose works are made and situated in specific natural settings, they are sometimes ephemeral creations using found materials such as plants, stones, sand, leaves, sticks, snow or ice. The elusive and subtle beauty of the temporary works is recorded in photographs, while the permanent sculptures, typically constructed in stone, are left in situ.
His exhibition Rain Sun Snow Hail Mist Calm was organised and toured by the Henry Moore Centre for the Study of Sculpture, Leeds, and the Northern Centre for Contemporary Art, in 1985. It was shown as the first exhibition in the newly opened Mead Gallery at Warwick University in April and May 1986. Andy Goldsworthy was the University's first artist-in-residence, making work on site during the May Bank Holiday weekend of 1986.
In his forty decade career Goldsworthy has become a prominent figure in British art and a prolific and acclaimed exhibitor at galleries throughout the world. Among commissioned permanent works are the ‘Garden of Stones’ (2003) for the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York and ‘Roof’ (2004-2005) for the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. which he made with a team of dry stone masons from England. Locations for recent (since 2018) and forthcoming landscape sculptural projects include Ohio, USA, New Mexico, Tasmania, the Netherlands and Patagonia.
He was awarded the OBE in 2000 and from 2000 to 2008 was Professor-at-Large at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. A major retrospective of his work was mounted at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in 2007-2008.
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