Born: 24 May 1953
Elected: 27 March 2006
Richard Wilson is known for his interventions in architectural space which draw heavily on the worlds of engineering and construction for their inspiration.
Wilson has exhibited widely nationally and internationally for over thirty years and has made major museum exhibitions and public works in countries as diverse as Japan, USA, Brazil, Mexico, Russia, Australia and numerous countries throughout Europe. Wilson has also represented Britain in the Sydney, Sao Paulo, Venice Biennials and Yokohama Triennal, was nominated for the Turner Prize on two occasions and was awarded the prestigious DAAD residency in Berlin 1992-3. He was one of a small number of artists invited to create a major public work for The Millennium Dome and the only British artist invited to participate in Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial 2000.
Wilson’s seminal installation 20:50, a sea of reflective sump oil, which is permanently installed in the Saatchi Collection, was described as "one of the masterpieces of the modern age" by the art critic Andrew Graham Dixon in the BBC television series The History of British Art.
Wilson was appointed Professor of Sculpture at the Royal Academy Schools in December 2011, and Visiting Research Professor at the University of East London in 2004. Richard Wilson by Simon Morrissey was published in 2005.
What I actually do is tweak or undo or change the interiors of space... and in many instances enlist parts of the building as part of the sculpture, and in that way unsettle or break peoples preconceptions.
Richard Wilson RA - Selected CV
2012 De La Warr Pavilion Roof, Cultural Olympiad Project, London
2011 Vertu Global Art Commission, London and Shanghai
2010 Solo show: Matthew Bown Gallery, Berlin, Germany
Shack Stack, London
2009 Works Projects Gallery, Bristol
2007 Cross Keys House, Moorfields, Liverpool
2006 Storey Gallery, Lancaster
Curve Gallery, Barbican Arty Centre, London
2005 Galleria Fumagalli, Bergamo, Italy
Lincoln City & Archaeological Museum
Yokohama Triennale, Japan
Weltkunst Collection @ IMMA, Dublin
The British Museum
Government Art Collection
Arts Council of England Collection
British Council Collection
Ulster Museum, Belfast
Leeds Museums & Galleries
Centre of Contemporary Art, Warsaw
Museet for Samstidskunst, Oslo
2005 Rock n’ hole, Lincoln City & Archeological Museum
2002 Final Corner, World Cup Project, Fukuroi City, Japan
2001 Off Kilter, Millennium Square, Leeds
2000 Slice of Reality, North Meadow Sculpture Project, Millennium Dome, London
Set North for Japan (74?33’ 2”), Echigo Tsumari Project, Niigata Prefecture, Japan
1999 Over Easy, The Arc, Stockton
1994 Entrance to the Utility Tunnel, Tachikawa Public Art Project, Tokyo, Japan