Notable for his unique exploration of different materials within sculptural forms, including found objects and raw matter of various kinds. Cragg´s sculptures are very popular within site-specific public installation in various countries.
Born in 1949 in Liverpool, Tony Cragg understands sculpture as a study of how material and its forms affect and form ideas and emotions. Studying the human figure is a prime example of something that looks ultimately organic eliciting emotional responses while being fundamentally an extremely complicated geometric composition of molecules, cells, organs, and processes. Cragg´s work does not imitate nature and what we look like, rather it concerns itself with why we look like we do and why we are as we are.
"So words like geometry and organic are really aesthetic descriptions of the world around us. And they are not exclusive. So it’s an attempt to understand, looking at that dichotomy, to understand the world that I’m around. "—Tony Cragg
A Royal Academician, Tony Cragg won the Turner Prize in 1988 and represented Britain at the 42nd Venice Biennale in the same year. In 2002 he was named a CBE (Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) for services to art.