Antony Gormley

EARLY DRAWINGS, 1980 - 1984

Dating from 1981 to 1983, these drawings are characterised by a fluid charcoal outline. Thick, heavy black pigment is mixed with linseed oil and vigorously applied to the surface with a hogshair brush. The drawings involve a very physical engagement, the wall acting as a hard, resilient surface to push against. They cover a transitional time in Gormley's career, including a period of living in a squatted house in King's Cross, following his marriage to the artist, Vicken Parsons, and then from 1982 onwards, the move to a new home in Peckham, South London, after the arrival of their first son, Ivo. The drawings are made in the domestic environment, the human subject coinciding with the first lead figures Gormley casts from his own body such as THREE WAYS (1981), also made in the King's Cross room, and LAND, SEA AND AIR (1982). As a whole, the sequence incorporates some of the first drawings the artist felt content with. 'Up to this point,' he reflects, 'drawing had been a matter of recording people and places, although I had always wanted them to be more. This is the background to what art could be and was not yet for me: the origination of things, not a reaction to the world and its contents.' Text by Anna Moszynska, from ANTONY GORMLEY DRAWING, Published by The British Museum Press, 2002

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SPACE, 1980

SPACE, 1980
Oil and black pigment on paper
38 x 28 cm

MOULD

MOULD, 1981
Black pigment, oil and charcoal on paper
60 x 84 cm

UNTITLED

UNTITLED, 1981
Black pigment, oil, charcoal on paper
84.5 x 59.5 cm

UNTITLED

UNTITLED, 1981
Black pigment, oil, charcoal on paper
84.5 x 59.5 cm

UNTITLED

UNTITLED, 1981
Black pigment, oil, charcoal on paper
84.5 x 59.5 cm

MAN, 1981

MAN, 1981
Black pigment, oil and charcoal on paper
84.2 x 59.8 cm

GROUND, 1981

GROUND, 1981
Black pigment, oil and charcoal on paper
84.3 x 59.4 cm

ART, 1981

ART, 1981
Black pigment, oil and charcoal on paper
57.7 x 82.1 cm

UNTITLED, 1981

UNTITLED, 1981
Black pigment, oil and charcoal on paper
84.5 x 59.8 cm

UNTITLED, 1981

UNTITLED, 1981
Black pigment, oil and charcoal on paper
84.5 x 60.3 cm

UNTITLED, 1981

UNTITLED, 1981
Black pigment, oil and charcoal on paper
60.3 x 84.5 cm

UNTITLED, 1981

UNTITLED, 1981
Black pigment, oil and charcoal on paper
60 x 84 cm

UNTITLED

UNTITLED, 1982
Black pigment, oil and charcoal on paper
84 x 59 cm

MANSION

MANSION, 1982
Black pigment, oil, charcoal on paper
84 x 60 cm

DISPLACEMENT

DISPLACEMENT, 1982
Black pigment, oil, charcoal on paper
60 x 84 cm

GERMINAL

GERMINAL, 1982
Black crayon and pigment
84.2 x 56.4 cm
Collection of The British Museum, England

UNTITLED

UNTITLED, 1982
Black pigment, oil, charcoal on paper
84.5 x 58.4 cm

UNTITLED

UNTITLED, 1982
Black pigment, oil, charcoal on paper
59.4 x 83.8 cm

SOLID SPACE, 1982

SOLID SPACE, 1982
Black pigment, oil and charcoal on paper
83.2 x 55.9 cm

UNTITLED, 1982

UNTITLED, 1982
Black pigment, oil and charcoal on paper
59 x 84 cm

UNTITLED, 1982

UNTITLED, 1982
Black pigment, oil and charcoal on paper
84.3 x 59.4 cm

PARTHOGENE, 1982

PARTHOGENE, 1982
Charcoal & linseed oil
38.5 x 28 cm

UNTITLED, 1983

UNTITLED, 1983
Black pigment, oil and charcoal on paper
83.2 x 55.9 cm

UNTITLED

UNTITLED, 1983
Black pigment, oil, charcoal on paper
83.8 x 59.7 cm

UNTITLED

UNTITLED, 1983
Black pigment, oil, charcoal on paper
64.7 x 49.7 cm

UNTITLED, 1983

UNTITLED, 1983
Black pigment, oil, charcoal on paper
84 x 60 cm

UNTITLED, 1983

UNTITLED, 1983
Black pigment, oil and charcoal on paper
64.3 x 90.2 cm

THREE PLACES, 1983

THREE PLACES, 1983
Charcoal on paper
84 x 60 cm

THREE CALLS, 1983

THREE CALLS, 1983
Charcoal on paper
84 x 60 cm

IDEA, 1983

IDEA, 1983
Charcoal on paper
84 x 59 cm

ASIDE, 1984

ASIDE, 1984
Black pigment, linseed oil and charcoal on paper
64 x 90 cm

FIELD, 1984

FIELD, 1984
Black pigment, oil and charcoal on paper
64 x 90 cm