Phyllida Barlow RA.

Eamonn McCabe.

Phyllida Barlow RA Elect

Profile

Born: 4 April 1944

Elected: 26 May 2011

Royal Academician

Sculptor

Barlow studied at Chelsea College of Art (1960 – 1963) and the Slade School of Art (1963 – 1966). She later taught at both schools and was until recently Professor of Fine Art and Director of Undergraduate Studies at the latter. In 2006 she was invited to create a work, Untitled Red/Brown, in the Royal Academy courtyard.

She creates tactile, seemingly precarious structures that resonate with emotional intensity and the urgency of their creation. Often recycling her materials, she recontextuatlises detritus and found matter in unexpected ways. Her installations redefine the spaces they inhabit. They are abstract works that seem to allude to representation and some sort of contingency purpose.