English sculptor and draughtswoman, Alison Wilding has a deep fascination with the properties of material. Her work explores the embodiment of light, territories and perceptual questions concerning the nature of art.
Wilding studied at the Nottingham College of Art, the Ravensbourne College of Art and Design, Chislehurst. She studied at the Royal College of Art, graduating in 1973.
Her first major solo exhibition was held at the Serpentine Gallery, London in 1985, but she rose to prominence in the late 1970s. Wilding is best known for her abstract sculptures that use a wide range of materials, often used in unusual combinations as in Stormy Weather, 1987, which is made from pigment, beeswax, oil and steel. Her large-scale public artwork Ambit was installed in the River Wear at Sunderland in 1999, and subsequently exhibited in the Manchester Ship Canal.
In 1991, a major retrospective of Wilding’s work Alison Wilding: Immersion – Sculpture from Ten Years was held at Tate Liverpool. She was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1988 and 1992, and became a Royal Academician in 1999. Wilding has been awarded a Henry Moore Fellowship at the British School at Rome in 1988, a Joanna Drew Travel Bursary 2007, The Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award 2008 and Bryan Robertson Award 2012.