Turner Prize–winning sculptor Tony Cragg draws new connections between humans and the material world.
He has tested the limits of traditional sculptural media including bronze, glass, wood, and stone, twisting them into sublime, undulating forms that evoke elements of the natural environment.
Cragg is also renowned for his use of industrial materials and found objects: one of his best-known works, Terris Novalis (fabricated 1992; installed 1996), is an enormous, enigmatic public sculpture composed of steel engineering instruments which stand atop peculiar feet. Riot (1987), which Cragg made the year before he won the Turner Prize, was a 50-foot-wide mural made from mosaiced plastic pieces.
Cragg has been the subject of solo shows at the Louvre, the State Hermitage Museum, Tate Liverpool, the Museo Reina Sofía, and the CAFA Art Museum in Beijing, among other institutions.
He represented Britain at the 1988 Venice Biennale and featured at Documenta in 1982 and 1987. At auction, Cragg’s work regularly commands six-figure prices.