Sir Richard Long
Long has for decades composed with mud and clay. Whether for thumbprints on driftwood, swaths over plywood or splashes across walls, one of his preferred mediums is Cornish China Clay. These diptychs track two forces: Long’s physical vigor applying the watered clay and gravity pulling the wet material down. The works are then turned, so the drips parallel the horizon. Within a neat border, the imagery ebbs and flows as spillage released yet contained, fixed yet fluid.
About the Artist
Richard Long was born in Bristol, UK in 1945, where he continues to live and work. He studied at West of England College of Art, Bristol (1962–65), then St Martin’s School of Art, London (1966–68). In 1969, Long was included in a seminal exhibition of Minimalist and Conceptual works entitled 'When Attitude Becomes Form' at the Kunsthalle Bern for which he made a walk in the Alps that was documented by his first text work. Developing from his early mud and clay floor sculptures, in the 1980s Long began making new types of mud works with handprints applied directly on the wall. He also continued to make large sculptures of lines and circles from slate, driftwood, footprints or stone, often sourced from quarries near the exhibition sites.