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Andy Goldsworthy : biography

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Andy Goldsworthy, OBE (born 26 July 1956) is a British sculptor, photographer and environmentalist producing site-specific sculpture and land art situated in natural and urban settings. He lives and works in Scotland.



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After leaving college, Goldsworthy lived in Yorkshire, Lancashire and Cumbria. In 1985, he moved to Langholm in Dumfries and Galloway, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, and a year later to Penpont. It has been said that his gradual drift northwards was "due to a way of life over which he did not have complete control", but that contributing factors were opportunities and desires to work in these areas and "reasons of economy".

In 1993, he received an honorary degree from the University of Bradford. He is currently an A.D. White Professor-At-Large at Cornell University.

Andy Goldsworthy is the subject of a 2001 documentary feature film called Rivers and Tides, directed by Thomas Riedelsheimer.. Retrieved on 31 January 2008.

Photography plays a crucial role in his art due to its often ephemeral and transient state. According to Goldsworthy, "Each work grows, stays, decays – integral parts of a cycle which the photograph shows at its heights, marking the moment when the work is most alive. There is an intensity about a work at its peak that I hope is expressed in the image. Process and decay are implicit."

Goldsworthy produced a commissioned work for the entry courtyard of San Francisco's De Young Museum called "Drawn Stone", which echoes San Francisco's frequent earthquakes and their effects. His installation included a giant crack in the pavement that broke off into smaller cracks, and broken limestone, which could be used for benches. The smaller cracks were made with a hammer adding unpredictability to the work as he created it.

Art process

The materials used in Andy Goldsworthy's art often include brightly coloured flowers, icicles, leaves, mud, pinecones, snow, stone, twigs, and thorns. He has been quoted as saying, "I think it's incredibly brave to be working with flowers and leaves and petals. But I have to: I can't edit the materials I work with. My remit is to work with nature as a whole." Goldsworthy is generally considered the founder of modern rock balancing. For his ephemeral works, Goldsworthy often uses only his bare hands, teeth, and found tools to prepare and arrange the materials; however, for his permanent sculptures like "Roof", "Stone River" and "Three Cairns", "Moonlit Path" (Petworth, West Sussex, 2002) and "Chalk Stones" in the South Downs, near West Dean, West Sussex he has also employed the use of machine tools. To create "Roof", Goldsworthy worked with his assistant and five British dry-stone wallers, who were used to make sure the structure could withstand time and nature.


  • 1979 – North West Arts Award
  • 1980 – Yorkshire Arts Award
  • 1981 – Northern Arts Award
  • 1982 – Northern Arts Award
  • 1986 – Northern Arts Bursary
  • 1987 – Scottish Arts Council Award
  • 1989 – Northern Electricity Arts Award
  • 2000 – Appointed officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)

Personal life

In 1982, Goldsworthy married Judith Gregson. They had four children and settled in the village of Penpont in the region of Dumfries and Galloway, Dumfriesshire, in southwest Scotland. He now lives there with his partner, Tina Fiske, an art historian whom he met when she came to work with him a few years after he separated from his wife.

Exhibitions and installations

Image Dates Title Location
200px 1996–2003 Sheepfolds Cumbria, England, UK
1997 url= |title=Artworks of Herring Island Environmental Sculpture Park |publisher=Vicnet |accessdate=15 March 2013}} Herring Island, Victoria, Australia
1997 Cairn Herring Island, Victoria, Australia
22 May –15 November 2000 title=Andy Goldsworthy at Storm King Art Center|url=|publisher=Storm King Art Center|date=2000, updated 2005-11-08|accessdate=2007-06-24}}

(featuring the installation Storm King Wall)

Storm King Art Center

Mountainville, Cornwall, New York, USA

August 2001 title=Andy Goldsworthy sculpture, Stone River, enters Stanford University's outdoor art collection|url=|publisher=Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University|date=2001-09-04|accessdate=2008-02-10}} Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University

Stanford, California, USA

200px 2002 title=Andy Goldsworthy: Arch at Goodwood, 2002|url=|publisher=Cass Sculpture Foundation|accessdate=2008-01-30| archiveurl=| archivedate= 4 February 2008 | deadurl= no}} Cass Sculpture Foundation

Goodwood, West Sussex, England, UK

200px 2002 Chalk Stones Trail South Downs near West Dean, West Sussex
4 May –31 October 2004 title=Andy Goldsworthy on the Roof|url={6DD7F1A6-061A-4A92-998A-494C621A2CBD}|publisher=Metropolitan Museum of Art|year=2004|accessdate=2007-06-24}}

(featuring the installation Stone Houses)

Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Metropolitan Museum of Art Roof Garden

New York City, New York, USA

2005 Andy Goldsworthy: Early Works

A national touring exhibition from the Haywood Gallery

England, United Kingdom
2005 title=Drawn Stone, on the website of Galerie Lelong, New York City, New York|url=|accessdate=2007-06-24 |archiveurl = |archivedate = 2007-01-27}} M. H. de Young Memorial Museum

San Francisco, California, USA

200px200px 22 January –15 May 2005 title=The Andy Goldsworthy Project : 22 January – 15 May 2005|url=|publisher=National Gallery of Art|year=2005|accessdate=2007-06-24| archiveurl=| archivedate= 26 June 2007 | deadurl= no}}

(including the installation Roof)

National Gallery of Art

National Mall, Washington, D.C., USA

2006 last=Oksenhorn|first=Stewart|title=A Wall of Integration, Not Division|url=|publisher=Aspen Times Weekly|date=2006-09-23}} Aspen Institute

Aspen, Colorado, USA

200px 31 March 2007 –6 January 2008 last=Calton|first=Gary (photographer)|title=Andy Goldsworthy at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park|url=,,2030260,00.html|publisher=The Observer|date=2007-03-11 | location=London}} Yorkshire Sculpture Park

West Bretton, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, England, UK

October 2008 title=Spire, by Andy Goldsworthy|url=|publisher=The Presidio Trust|year=2009|accessdate=22 July 2009}} Park PresidioSan Francisco, California, USA
June 2009 title=Provence art trail, by Andy Goldsworthy|url=|accessdate=31 August 2009 | work=The Guardian | location=London | date=2009-06-19| archiveurl=| archivedate= 23 July 2009 | deadurl= no}} ProvenceFrance
200px 7 September 2012 –2 November 2012 last = | first = | title = OiR Final release | url = | publisher = Oi Futuro Public Art Program | format = PDF | date = | accessdate = 25 September 2012 }} Cais do Porto

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Early life

The son of F. Allin Goldsworthy (1929–2001), former professor of applied mathematics at the University of Leeds, Andy Goldsworthy was born in CheshireStonard, John Paul (10 December 2000). "Goldsworthy, Andy". . Retrieved on 15 May 2007. and grew up on the Harrogate side of Leeds, West Yorkshire, in a house edging the green belt. From the age of 13 he worked on farms as a labourer. He has likened the repetitive quality of farm tasks to the routine of making sculpture: "A lot of my work is like picking potatoes; you have to get into the rhythm of it."

Goldsworthy studied fine art at Bradford College of Art (1974–1975) and at Preston Polytechnic (1975–1978) (now the University of Central Lancashire) in Preston, Lancashire, receiving his Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree from the latter.

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