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b. 1945, United Kingdom

Richard Long Biography

Long studied at the University of the West of England's College of Art, Bristol (1962-5); St Martin’s School of Art and Design, London (1966-68). Long became closely associated with the Land Art movement; and participated in the first international manifestations of both Arte Povera, in Amalfi, Italy in 1968, and Earth Art, at Cornell University, New York.

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Long came to prominence in the 1970s with sculptures made as the result of epic walks, in Britain, or as far afield as the plains of Canada, Mongolia and Bolivia. He walks at different times for different reasons - either predetermined courses and concepts; or arbitrary circumstance.

Long does not make significant alterations to the landscapes, instead he marks the ground or adjusts natural features. He both works in the landscape and uses natural materials in the gallery.

From 1981 has alluded to painting by applying mud in a very liquid state by hand to a wall establishing a dialogue between the primal gesture of the hand-print and the formal elegance of its display. He has stressed that the meaning of his work lay in the visibility of his actions rather than in the representation of a particular landscape. 

Nearly forty years on, his work continues in bringing back into the public domain of art spaces and books in the form of sculptures of raw materials such as stones, mud and water and photographic and text works.

Richard Long Featured Artworks

Flint Wheel by Richard Long contemporary artwork sculpture
Richard LongFlint Wheel, 2018Flint
550 x 550 cm
Cardi Gallery Contact Gallery
Red Slate Circle by Richard Long contemporary artwork sculpture, installation
Richard LongRed Slate Circle, 1987Jagged red slate stones, φ 600 cm
He Art Museum
Untitled (Mud Drawing) by Richard Long contemporary artwork painting
Richard LongUntitled (Mud Drawing), 1992River Avon mud on Japanese paper
41 x 48 cm
Offer Waterman Contact Gallery
Untitled by Richard Long contemporary artwork painting
Richard LongUntitled, 2013River Avon Mud and paint on canvas
140 x 200 cm
Offer Waterman Contact Gallery
Red Slate Circle by Richard Long contemporary artwork sculpture
Richard LongRed Slate Circle, 1980Red slate, 61 pieces

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Richard Long Represented By

Kukje Gallery contemporary art gallery in Seoul, South Korea Kukje Gallery Busan, Seoul
Lisson Gallery contemporary art gallery in Lisson Street, London, United Kingdom Lisson Gallery East Hampton, London, New York, Shanghai

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