Sculptor, photographer and painter, Richard Long is one of the best known British land artists and closely associated with the emergence of this art form. As a response to the environments he visits, his work is often site-specific using the landscape itself as his medium.
Studying at the West of England College of Art, Long attended Saint Martin’s School of Art, London until 1968, here he was a student under Anthony Caro and Phillip King, and began a close association with fellow student Hamish Fulton.
Long gained an international reputation in the 1970s for his sculptural works based on intrepid walks he undertook.
He has permanent installations of his work internationally including Riverlines 2006 at the Hearst Tower, Planet Circle 1991 at the Museum De Pont in Tilburg, Netherlands and White Water Falls 2012 in the Garvan Institute, Sydney.
In 2009 a retrospective of Long’s work entitled Heaven and Earth was held at the Tate Britain. His work is on permanent display at the Tate as well as at galleries in America, Switzerland and Australia.
Long is the only artist to have been short-listed four times for the Turner Prize, nominated in 1984, 1987 and 1988, and winning in 1989 for White Water Line.
He represented Great Britain at the Venice Biennale in 1976, elected to the Royal Academy of Arts in 2001 and appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2013 for his services to art.