Richard Wilson RA

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.


Royal Academician


Elected RA: 27 March 2006

Born: 24 May 1953

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