Ann Christopher RA (b. 1947)

Christopher’s elegant and powerful sculpture and works on paper are the physical representation of decades of visual inquiry. Looking intently and with an innate curiosity Christopher draws inspiration from a broad range of visual sources: from soaring skyscrapers and modern architecture to rugged coastlines, plant structures and ancient artefacts combining a fearless modernity with an ancient timelessness. Throughout her career Christopher has remained dedicated to the artistic principles established in the 1960s by artists such as Sir Anthony Caro: that a sculpture can be considered a mysterious monument or an abstract ‘presence’, without being directly descriptive.

Ann Christopher was born in Watford in 1947 and lives and works near Bath. After attending Harrow School of Art she studied sculpture at the West of England College of Art, and became at the time the youngest female sculptor to be elected to the Royal Academy in 1980. Represented by Pangolin London, London and Rosenberg & Co, New York with recent solo exhibitions.

Christopher has completed commissions both in the UK and the USA and is represented in many public and private collections including those of the Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Co. Mayo; British Museum, London; City of Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, Bristol; Chantry Bequest, London; Contemporary Art Society, London; Corcoran Legacy Collection, Washington DC, USA, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea; Granville Holdings Plc, London; Gruss & Co, New York, USA; Holburne Museum, Bath; Linklaters, London; Pallant House Gallery, Chichester; Parabola Art Collection, Edinburgh; Royal Academy, London; Rwenzori Sculpture Foundation, Uganda; Stefansson Nef, Washington DC, USA; Talboys Bequest, Bristol.


Royal Academician


Born: 1947 in Watford, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom

Nationality: British

Elected ARA: 21 May 1980

Elected RA: 7 December 1989

Elected Senior RA: 1 October 2023

Gender: Female

Preferred media: Sculpture and Printmaking

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