TONY CRAGG - 1949 / UGLY FACES - 2006
200 x 140 x 110 cm.
Private Collection / Long Term Loan
British-born Tony Cragg completed his art foundation course at the Gloucestershire College of Art and Design in Cheltenham and continued his studies at the Wimbledon School of Art (1969-1973). He completed his studies at the Royal College of Art (1973-1977). In 1977 he moved to Wuppertal in Germany, where he continues to live and work.
Cragg made a name for himself in the late 1970s with a series of mobile sculptures. He followed up his success with a number of works made from brightly-colored, discarded materials that he affixed to floors or walls to create recognizable shapes. By the 1980s Cragg had established himself as one of the leading names in contemporary sculpture. In later works he placed found objects in three-dimensional configurations. One of his main inspirations in the late 1990s was the rotational energy of cyclones, which motivated him to produce dramatic, vertical columns. The sculpture, Ugly Faces, marks the beginning of a new direction for Cragg as he incorporates into his work the idea of cell fission and regeneration around a central axis.