Antony Gormley

LINSEED OIL WORKS, 1985 - 1990

This extensive group of works from the second half of the 1980s sees the dominance of the warm, honey tones of linseed. Released from its conventional role as binder and operating as a free agent, the linseed oil often tends visually to dominate the smaller areas of black pigment and charcoal or is used as a coloured stain or broken ground against which the black elements are drawn. The oil, dropped from the bottle onto the paper in small dots or left to puddle on the surface, creates a free-form shape against which further images appear. In many instances, the density of the oil soaks through the support, making the texture particularly viscous and tactile and creating a warm aroma that saturates the paper. The element of chance involved in the pouring of the oil allows for greater freedom than was possible in the tighter application of many of the earlier pigmented works, while the yellow-orange coloration of the linseed coincides with the colour found in Gormley's cast-iron sculptures of this period (1987-8). The imagery itself also becomes more free-form. Floating figures and amoeba-like shapes suggest shifting states of becoming, while coupled pairs and embryonic forms reflect ideas of gestation which inevitably came to mind as Gormley's young family was completed with the arrival of his third child Paloma in 1987. Text by Anna Moszynska, from ANTONY GORMLEY DRAWING, Published by The British Museum Press, 2002

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CEREBELLUM

CEREBELLUM, 1986
Black pigment, linseed oil, charcoal on paper
38 x 28 cm

LESION

LESION, 1986
Black pigment, linseed oil, charcoal on paper
28 x 38 cm

PLAYING, 1986

PLAYING, 1986
Charcoal and linseed oil on paper
38 x 28 cm

CHANCE, 1986

CHANCE, 1986
Linseed oil and carbon on paper
38.5 x 28 cm

MOTHER

MOTHER, 1986
Black pigment, linseed oil, charcoal on paper
28 x 38 cm

AILMENT

AILMENT, 1987
Black pigment, linseed oil, charcoal on paper
28 x 38 cm

CAVE

CAVE, 1987
Charcoal, oil and pigment on paper
38 x 29 cm

CONCEPTION

CONCEPTION, 1987
Black pigment, linseed oil, charcoal on paper
28 x 38 cm

HOME

HOME, 1987
Black pigment, linseed oil, charcoal on paper
38 x 28 cm

LAW

LAW, 1987
Black pigment, linseed oil, charcoal on paper
38 x 28 cm

LIGHT

LIGHT, 1987
Linseed oil, charcoal on paper, 38 x 28 cm

MATTER

MATTER, 1987
Black pigment, linseed oil, earth on paper, 38 x 28 cm

PLANT, 1987

PLANT, 1987
Black pigment, linseed oil, charcoal on paper
28 x 38 cm

SYMPATHY, 1987

SYMPATHY, 1987
Black pigment, linseed oil, charcoal on paper
38 x 28 cm

TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH, 1987

TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH, 1987
Charcoal, oil and pigment on paper
38 x 29 cm

ACROSS, 1988

ACROSS, 1988
Black pigment, linseed oil, charcoal on paper
38 x 28 cm

LANDING

LANDING, 1988
Black pigment, linseed oil, charcoal on paper
40 x 30 cm

NIGHT/MOTHER, 1988

NIGHT/MOTHER, 1988
Oil and charcoal on paper
40 x 31 cm

OCEAN BETWEEN THE EARS, 1988

OCEAN BETWEEN THE EARS, 1988
Black pigment, linseed oil, charcoal on paper
32 x 40 cm

PALOMA'S HAND (NIGHT), 1988

PALOMA'S HAND (NIGHT), 1988
Black pigment, linseed oil, charcoal on paper
30 x 40 cm

REACH, 1988

REACH, 1988
Oil and charcoal on paper
30 x 40 cm

SHADOW/FIELD, 1988

SHADOW/FIELD, 1988
Oil, black pigment and charcoal on paper
40 x 30 cm

SOUL AND SEARCH, 1988

SOUL AND SEARCH, 1988
Black pigment, linseed oil, charcoal on paper
39 x 28 cm

STATION, 1988

STATION, 1988
Oil, black pigment and charcoal on paper
40 x 31 cm

TWO, 1988

TWO, 1988
Oil and charcoal on paper
30 x 41 cm

UNTITLED, 1988

UNTITLED, 1988
Black pigment, linseed oil, charcoal on paper
40 x 31 cm

PRESENCE, 1989

PRESENCE, 1989
Black pigment, linseed oil, charcoal on paper
28 x 38 cm

HOUSE & HOME, 1987

HOUSE & HOME, 1987
Charcoal & linseed oil
28 x 38.5 cm

PART, 1987

PART, 1987
Graphite & linseed oil
38.5 x 28 cm

ABROAD, 1986

ABROAD, 1986
Charcoal & linseed oil
38.5 x 28 cm

SOUND, 1986

SOUND, 1986
Charcoal & linseed oil
38.5 x 28 cm

PLACE

PLACE, 1988
Black pigment, linseed oil, earth on paper
38 x 28 cm