Antony Gormley

RANGE OF MEDIA, 1994 - 2000

Made during the late 1990s, these drawings involve the greatest range of media to date. Different types of varnish are experimented with - polyurethane giving an opaque, whitish tint, and shellac (derived from the wing cases of beetles) creating a redder hue. Pigment is now rarely used on it's own but where it was, as in UNDER MY SKIN the figures are centred on the page, contrasting strongly with the white paper around them. More generally, the pigment is used to form an effect in which the figure or shape is placed against or sucked into a puddle of poured, coloured varnish. In CAUGHT the figure, accompanied by a human hair also trapped in the pool of orange varnish, resembles an insect imprisoned in a piece of amber. Elsewhere, other extraordinary transformations take place as the paper becomes a charged receptacle receiving unusual tinctures. Soya oil reacts with shellac to create a broken, veining effect in HYPERTROPHY, HARD SHIT and MATTE. For Gormley, 'the transformation/interpenetration of the fluids' in these works 'are evocative of biological processes - enzyme, hormone, intercellular incursions. They also allude to the geological formation of the early rocks from hydrogen clouds'. Text by Anna Moszynska, from ANTONY GORMLEY DRAWING, Published by The British Museum Press, 2002

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SINGULARITY, 1994

SINGULARITY, 1994
Cajun sauce and graphite on paper
76 x 57 cm

SEXUAL FIELD/ASEXUAL FIELD

SEXUAL FIELD/ASEXUAL FIELD, 1997
Black pigment, casein and shellac on paper
28.5 x 39 cm

CAUGHT

CAUGHT, 1998
Varnish, black pigment and oil on paper
28 x 38 cm

HARD SHIT

HARD SHIT, 1998
Soya oil, shellac, oil and pigment on paper
28.5 x 38 cm

HYPERTROPHY

HYPERTROPHY, 1998
Soya oil, shellac, oil and pigment on paper
38 x 28 cm

MATERIALISATION

MATERIALISATION, 1998
Varnish, black pigment and oil on paper
28 x 38 cm

MATTER

MATTER, 1998
Varnish, black pigment and oil on paper
38 x 28.5 cm

UNDER MY SKIN

UNDER MY SKIN, 1998
Black pigment, oil and charcoal on paper
76 x 57 cm

ANOTHER SINGULARITY

ANOTHER SINGULARITY, 1999
Black pigment, acrylic and soya oil on paper
76 x 57 cm

TOGETHER AND APART

TOGETHER AND APART, 2000
Shellac, soya oil, black pigment and oil on paper
76 x 57 cm