July 20, 2017

From July 22 the Burton art gallery and museum in Bideford, will be showcasing an exhibition of prints and aquatints by renowned artist, Sir Antony Gormley.

Originally from the Alan Cristea Gallery, London, this stunning “Prints by Antony Gormley” exhibition contains a series of works that consider how our physical freedom and imaginative potential is increasingly conditioned by the built environment.

A number of large woodblock prints – based on seven distinct body poses – reinterpret anatomy in the language of architecture.

Antony Gormley enjoys asking people that view his art to stop, think and consider what he is trying to tell them. This type of engagement with the public has become synonymous with his work, such as when he created the Angel of the North (1998), the Crosby beach life-size cast-iron sculptures of 100 people submerged by the tide called Another Place (1997), and the Hong Kong Event Horizon (2007) installation of 31 life-sized casts all scattered across the tops of buildings.

Gormley is also renowned for using his own body as a representation of many artistic forms, often casting himself in iron or – as he has done for one special piece in this exhibition – dipped himself in oil to create (literally and metaphorically), a living, breathing oil painting depiction of himself for the physical freedom theme.

Warren Collum, exhibitions and collections manager at the Burton, said: “We are delighted and honoured to be hosting these wonderful, challenging and unique prints by Antony Gormley. As usual, with anything Gormley produces, the end result needs to be seen to be believed. So we encourage everyone who is serious about viewing – and producing – art to pay a visit to this exhibition.”

The Gormley exhibition runs until September 8 in Gallery 2.

The Burton is open 10-4 Mon to Sat and 11-4 on Sundays.


Notes to editors

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Warren Collum, Exhibitions and Collections Manager

The Burton Art Gallery and Museum

The Burton at Bideford is a Charitable Trust and is one of the leading cultural venues within the South West. It is a dynamic and vibrant space, showing local, national and international artists. With 2 exhibition spaces, a retail area, an education space and a café in addition to the heritage displays and craft gallery, the Burton attracts a wide range of audiences of all ages from the local and international communities and provides the opportunity to access and engage with artists, collections and exhibitions on all levels. It also houses a permanent collection of works including Hubert Coop RBA, Sir John Lavery, E. Aubrey Hunt and Sir George Clausen RA, as well as information and artefacts illustrating Bideford’s famous personalities and past industries including a Slipware Collection and The Ackland and Edwards Collection.

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