Andy Goldsworthy

Birth

Born on July 26,1956 (age 58), in Cheshire, England. He is still living today in Scotland.

Education

He studied fine art at Bradford College of Art (1974-1975) and at Preston Polytechnic (1975-1978) where he received his Bachelor or Arts degree.

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Family

His father, F. Allin Goldsworthy, was a professor of applied math at the University of Leeds. In 1982, he married Judith Gregson, with whom he had four children. They lived in the village of Penpont. They later separated. He now lives with Tina Fiske, an art historian he met when they worked together a few years after he separated from his wife.

Why He Got Into Photography?

He worked on a farm when he was 13 years old and he always believed that farming is a lot like sculpting.
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What Is His Style?

He uses things in nature to create shapes and sculptures.

What Made Him Famous?

He received an honorary degree from the University of Bradford.
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Awards

North West Arts Award- 1979

Yorkshire Arts Award- 1980

Northern Arts Award- 1981 & 1982

Northern Arts Bursary- 1986

Scottish Arts Council Award- 1987

Northern Electricity Arts Award- 1989

Appointed officer of the Order of the British Empire- 2000

Quotes

"People also leave presence in a place even when they are no longer there."


"My art is an attempt to reach beyond the surface appearance, I want to see growth in wood, time in stone, nature in a city, and I do not mean its parks but a deeper understanding that a city is nature too-the ground upon which it is built, the stone with which it is made."


"As with all my work, whether it's a leaf on a rock or ice on a rock, I'm trying to get beneath the surface appearance of things. Working the surface of a stone is an attempt to understand the internal energy of the stone."

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Quotes About His Work

"Andy Goldsworthy is a genius. I can't think of another late 20th century artist whose work is so enormously accessible and so hugely rewarding."


"Goldsworthy takes utterly mundane natural materials - leaves, sticks, stones, ice, grass, flowers - and alters them in ways that don't quite change them, but simply make us take notice."


"The work of Andy Goldsworthy is an inspirational meditation. He begins by going into nature and observing what is already there -- the subtleties of colors, the slight variance between similar rocks or twigs or leaves, the light and the texture. He then patiently creates each sculpture, laying a sense of order where none had been before."

What Do You Apprieciate About His Artwork?

I think it's very neat the way he takes ordinary thing and makes them into very interesting pictures.
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