10 things you didn’t know about Richard Long

xxx_Richard Long mud slinging_Picture. submitted

xxx_Richard Long mud slinging_Picture. submitted - Credit: Archant

The work of Turner Prize-winning British sculptor Richard Long is set to feature in a new exhibition called Land and Sky: Richard Long, at Houghton Hall. Here are 10 things you might not have known about the world-renowned artist.

1. When he was 18, Mr Long photographed the trail left by a snowball he rolled through a wintry landscape. The piece is called Snowball Track.

2. Mr Long was born in Bristol and is still based there. He draws his inspiration from things he sees on walks through the landscape around the city.


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3. Mr Long was a keen artist from the age of five, when he got his first easel and started drawing his fellow pupils at school assembly.

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4. Only one of Mr Long's works features a human figure - a photograph of a circle sculpture he created in Mongolia called Nomad Circle.

5. Mr Long studied at Saint Martin's School of Art in London, where he learned his craft from the sculptors Anthony Caro and Phillip King.

6. Music also influences Mr Long's work. His piece Reflections in the Little Pagan River was partly inspired by the chorus from Johnny Cash's song I Walk the Line.

7. Other permanent installations by Mr Long can be found in Tilburg in the Netherlands, Schaffhausen in Switzerland and Sydney in Australia.

8. Mr Long, 71, is one of the best-known land artists in Britain. Land art is a movement in which a work of art is inextricably linked to the landscape.

9. Mr Long is the only artist to have been short-listed four times for the Turner Prize - in 1984, 1987 and 1988, and then won the award in 1989 for his work White Water Line.

10. One of Mr Long's sculptures is on permanent display in the grounds of Houghton Hall. A piece of land art, it is a circle of Cornish slate at the end of a path mown through the grass.

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