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Richard Wilson


Critically acclaimed sculptor Richard Wilson constructs grand and mesmerising architectural spaces as part of his practice. Taking elements from the schools of engineering and construction, he commonly incorporates entire spaces as part of his works, bending the space to his whim. His iconic installation ’20:50’ (1987) filled the Saatchi Gallery to waist height with recycled engine oil, surrounding visitors on all sides and reflecting the room’s architecture in perfect symmetry. Mind warping and impenetrable, the work today is a permanent part of the Saatchi Collection and has been described by art critic Andrew Graham Dixon as “…one of the masterpieces of the modern age.” Wilson’s works have been exhibited across the world for over 30 years with major museum exhibitions in Japan, USA, Brazil, Mexico, Russia, Australia and numerous European countries.

Born 1953 in London, he holds an MFA from the University of Reading (1974) and received an Honorary Doctorate from Middlesex University (2008). He has a rich portfolio of achievements including representing Britain in the Sydney, São Paulo, Venice and Alperton Biennial and the Yokohama Triennial, nominated on two occasions for the Turner Prize, awarded the DAAD residency in Berlin (1992-93) and co-ordinating the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition (2016) after being made a Royal Academician (2006). Wilson is represented by Galleria Fumagalli, Italy.