Artist biography

English sculptor. He studied at Hornsey College of Art, London, from 1965, and worked with Henry Moore in 1967. He also studied at the Royal College of Art, London (1968–70). With artists such as Bill Woodrow and Tony Cragg, Wentworth shared an interest in the unexpected correlation of found objects and industrial materials. He was drawn to imaginative displacements of common objects presented within a high art context (e.g. lightbulbs cased in wire baskets, garden implements slotted in office furniture). In Mercator (1985) and Between 8 and 9 (1989; both exh. London, Lisson Gal.), large galvanised-metal sheets bend in rhythmic waves, and Dexion (office) frames soar skywards in a light-hearted parody of industrial interiors. The titles of Wentworth's works, sometimes drawn from children's tales, are as enigmatic as his constructions. During 1993–4 he participated in the Berliner Künstlerprogramme at the daad galerie.

Richard Wentworth (exh. cat. by L. Cooke and S. Morgan, London, Lisson Gal., 1984)
Richard Wentworth: ‘Making Do and Getting By' (exh. cat., London, Tate, 1984)
M. Warner: Richard Wentworth (London, 1993)

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