RICHARD WILSON

Biography

(B. 1953 London, UK)

Born in 1953, Richard Wilson is one of Britain’s most renowned sculptors. He is internationally celebrated for his interventions in architectural spaces which draw heavily for their inspiration from the worlds of engineering and construction.

Wilson has exhibited widely nationally and internationally for over 35 years, with major museum exhibitions and public works in countries such as Japan, China, USA, Brazil, Mexico, Russia, Australia, Iraq, as well as throughout Europe. Wilson has also represented Britain in the Sydney, São Paulo, Venice Aperto Biennials and Yokohama and Aichi Triennals.

Wilson’s work is characterised by architectural concerns with volume, illusionary spaces and auditory perception. His seminal installation 20:50, is a room of specific proportions, part-filled with highly reflective used sump oil creating an illusion of the room turned upside down. It was on display at the Saatchi Gallery, London from 1991 until 2014. In 2016 it was acquired by the Museum of Old and New Art in Tasmania. This work was described as ‘one of the masterpieces of the modern age’ by art critic Andrew Graham Dixon in the BBC television series The History of British Art.

For Traps, 2012, a drum kit was purchased and ‘skinned’ – having all of the plywood shell and plastic heads that gives the instrument both its visual solidity and its ability to function, cut away – leaving only the edges of the forms as a line drawing in space.

In the exclusively work commissioned by Gazelli Art House, Blocka Flats, takes a piece of household furniture reconfigured into a form reminiscent of an urban landscape on a micro scale, the preparatory sketch for this work hang near their sculptural counterparts.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2017 Stealing Space, Annely Juda Fine Art, London, United Kingdom
2015 Peninsula Hong Kong, Hang On A Minute Lads, I’ve Got a Great Idea, Hong Kong
2012 De La Warr Pavilion Roof Project (part of 2012 Cultural Olympiad Project), Bexhill-on-Sea, United Kingdom
2011 Hold the Line, Vertu Global Art Commission, London and Shanghai, United Kingdom and China
2010 20:50, Saatchi Gallery, London, United Kingdom
Red Hot, Matthew Bown Gallery, Berlin, Germany
2009 Force Quit, WORKS|PROJECTS, Bristol, United Kingdom
20:50, The Red Jail, Sulaymanya, Kurdistan, Nothern Iraq
2008 Richard Wilson, The Grey Gallery, Edinburgh Festival, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
2007 RIBA Drawing Show, Liverpool, United Kingdom
Chris Westbrook Gallery, London, United Kingdom
Turning the Place Over, Lead work for Year of Culture, Liverpool, United Kingdom

Meter’s Running, Pula, Croatia
The Ape Piaggio, Galleria Fumagalli, Bergamo, Italy
2006 Richard Wilson, Curve Gallery, Barbican Art Centre, London, United Kingdom
5 Piece Kit, Matthew Bown Gallery, London, United Kingdom
2005 Queen & Gantry, Storey Gallery, Lancaster, United Kingdom
2004 Bank Job, Palazzo delle Papesse Contemporary Art Centre, Siena, Italy
Program Gallery, London, United Kingdom
2003 Irons in the Fire, Wapping Project, London, United Kingdom
Butterfly, Wapping Project, London, United Kingdom
Rolling Rig, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea, United Kingdom
20:50, Saatchi Gallery, County Hall, London, United Kingdom (Permanently exhibited until 2005)
2002 Irons in the Fire, Mappin Gallery, Sheffield; Leeds Metropolitan Gallery, Leeds; Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
2000 Turbine Hall Swimming Pool, Clare College Mission Church, London, United

Selected Group Exhibitions

2017 Domestic Alien, Gazelli Art House Baku, Baku, Azerbaijan
2015 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London, United Kingdom
2014 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London, United Kingdom
Remix, Bury Sculpture Centre, Bury, United Kingdom
2013 The Fabricated Object, Summaria Lunn Gallery, London, United Kingdom
The Fabricated Object, Ha Gamle Prestegard, Norway
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London, United Kingdom
Bow Gamelan Ensemble, Estuary Show, Docklands Museum, London, United Kingdom
Lane 61, Aichi Triennale, Nagoya, Japan
1513 A Ships Opera, Thames Festival, London, United Kingdom
Exploding Utopias, Laure Genillard Gallery, London, United Kingdom
Chelsea Space, No Formulas, Drawing Show, London, United Kingdom
Bunny Smash, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan
The World Turned Upside Down, Meade Gallery, Warwick, United Kingdom
2012 Pandamonium 2, London, United Kingdom
RA Now Singapore La Salle University, Singapore
Encounter: The Royal Academy in the Middle East, Katara Art Centre, Doha, Qatar
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London, United Kingdom
2011 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London, United Kingdom
2010 Taps, Improvisations with Paul Burwell @ Café Gallery Projects, Co-curated Anne Bean and Matt’s Gallery, London, United Kingdom
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London, United Kingdom
Bank Job, Viaggio in Italy, Palazzo Fabroni, Pistoia, Italy
2009 Post War Art & Culture Festival, Sulaymanyah, Iraq
Rotate, Contemporary Art Society, London, United Kingdom
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London, United Kingdom
2007 Rummage, Sculptor’s Drawings, Winchester, United Kingdom
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London, United Kingdom
Objects of Art, Matthew Bown Gallery, London, United Kingdom
2008 Still-Film, Tate Britain, London, United Kingdom

Folkestone Triennial, Folkestone, United Kingdom
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London, United Kingdom
2006 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London, United Kingdom
Butterfly, Platform China, Beijing, China
This will not happen without you, Collective Archive, Locus + touring show, United Kingdom
2005 Break Neck Speed, Yokohama Triennal, Yokohama, Japan
2004 Wings of Art, Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen, Germany
Marks in Space, Usher Gallery, Lincoln, United Kingdom
Galleria Fumagalli, Bergamo, Italy
2003 Independence, South London Gallery, London, United Kingdom
Bad Behaviour, Longside Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield, United Kingdom
2002 Thinking Big: 21st Century British Sculpture, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy
Groove, Huddersfield Art Gallery, Huddersfield, United Kingdom
2001 Field Day, Taipei Fine Art Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
Double Vision, Galerie für zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig, Germany
Close Encounters of the Art Kind, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, United Kingdom
Multiplication, The British Council, touring to venues in Romania, Croatia, Poland, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Russia
2000 Structurally Sound, Ex Teresa Arte Actual, Mexico City, Mexico

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