Monday, May 07, 2007

tony cragg: recycling sculptor

Tony Cragg, a British-born sculptor born in Liverpool; turned to art after working as a laboratory technician. After gaining art degrees, he moved to Wuppertal in Germany in 1977, where he has lived and worked since. Many of Cragg's early works are made from found materials and discarded construction materials. Tony often uses sandblasted bottles & collected discarded plastic fragments arranged into colour categories. These works are called 'New Stones-Newtons Tones'. Later, Cragg used more traditional materials, such as wood, bronze and marble, often making simple forms from them. I prefer his earlier works focusing on discarded rubbish, because of their delicate and colorful nature. Tony Cragg won the Turner Prize in 1988. See more of his portfolio of work here.

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