Tony Cragg

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Tony Cragg (born 1949) is a British-born sculptor.

Cragg was born in Liverpool, and following a period of work as a laboratory technician, studied art in Cheltenham and the Royal College of Art. He left in 1977 and moved to Wuppertal in Germany, where he has lived and worked since.

Many of Cragg's early works are made from found materials, often industrial waste and plastic. One of his better known works, Britain as Seen From the North (1981), features the shape of the island of Great Britain on the wall, oriented so that north is to the left. To the left of the island is the figure of a man, apparently Cragg himself, looking at the country from the position of an outsider. The whole piece is made from broken pieces of found rubbish and is often interpreted as commenting on the economic difficulties Britain was going through at that time which had a particular effect on the north.

Later, Cragg used more traditional materials, such as wood, bronze and marble, often making simple forms from them, such as test tubes.

Cragg won the Turner Prize in 1988.

Selected list of works

  • 1981 Britain Seen from the North - mixed media
  • 1982 New Stones - mixed media
  • 1985 New Figuration - colored plastic construction
  • 1986 Raliegh - iron and granite
  • 1986 Cittā - wood, paint and fiberboard
  • 1987 The Spill - bronze
  • 1987 Instinctive Reactions - steel
  • 1988 George and the Dragon - mixed media
  • 1988 On the Savannah - bronze
  • 1988 Loco - wood
  • 1988 Code Noah - bronze
  • 1988 Container I - aquatint with spit bite aquatint
  • 1988 Container II - aquatint with spit bite aquatint
  • 1988 Container III - aquatint with spit bite aquatint
  • 1989 Trilobites
  • 1989 Kolbennblok - bronze
  • 1989 Ordovician Pore - iron and granite
  • 1990 Suburbs I - color spit bite with aquatint
  • 1990 Suburbs II - color spit bite with aquatint
  • 1990 Suburbs (Softground Series) - set of five softground etchings with aquatint
  • 1990 Suburbs (Spitbite Series) - set of five color spit bite etchings with aquatint
  • 1990-91 Amphore/Dose - bronze
  • 1991 Minister - various metals
  • 1991 Unchärferelation - wood
  • 1991 Subcommittee - steel
  • 1991-92 New Forms - bronze
  • 1992 Bromide Figures - glass
  • 1992 Terris Novalis - steel
  • 1993 The Complete Omnivore - plaster wood and steel
  • 1995 Forminfera - plaster
  • 1997 Early Forms - bronze
  • 1998 Pillars of Salt - clay with salt patina
  • 1998 Envelope (Fig) - bronze
  • 1999 Pazific - glass
  • 2000 Lifetime - bronze
  • 2000 Dancing Columns - stone
  • 2003 Stainless Steel Pillar - stainless steel
  • 2003 Distant Cousin - fiberglass

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