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Richard Wilson

reflects on harnessing the creativity of the river

Richard Wilson is one of Britain’s most renowned sculptors. He is internationally celebrated for his interventions in architectural space which draw heavily for their inspiration from the worlds of engineering and construction. Wilson has 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 select 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, Japan. 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. Wilson's commissioned contribution to Liverpool’s European Capital of Culture (2008), titled Turning the Place Over, comprised a vast ovoid section of a façade that rotated three dimensionally on a spindle. His regional cultural Olympic exhibition at the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill 2012 had a hydraulically teetering replica coach (The Italian Job) positioned at the edge of the buildings roof. In 2014, Wilson opened a major commission, Slipstream, for Heathrow’s new Terminal 2. He is currently working on a major solo show at Annely Juda Fine Art in London, to be held in 2017.