Richard Wilson, RA, born 1953, is internationally celebrated for his interventions in architectural space, which draw heavily from the worlds of engineering and construction for their inspiration. Wilson has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally for over 35 years and has made major museum exhibitions and public works across the world, including Japan, China, the US, Brazil, Mexico, Russia, Australia, northern Iraq and throughout Europe. He has represented Britain in the Sydney, São Paulo and Venice Aperto Biennials and the Yokohama and Aichi Triennials. He was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1988 and 1989 and was awarded the prestigious DAAD residency in Berlin in 1992. He was one of a small number of artists invited to create a major public work, A Slice of Reality, for the Millennium Dome site in 2000 and was the only British artist invited to participate in the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial 2000 in Japan.

Wilson’s projects have attracted critical and public acclaim. His seminal installation 20:50, a sea of reflective sump oil, is the only permanent installation at the Saatchi Gallery and has been continuously shown in each of the gallery’s venues since 1991. It is currently on display in Gallery 13 of the Duke of York’s Headquarters in Chelsea and was described as ‘one of the masterpieces of the modern age’ by art critic Andrew Graham Dixon in BBC television series The History of British Art.

Wilson was appointed visiting research professor at the University of East London in 2004, elected as a member of the Royal Academy in 2006 and in 2008 was awarded an honorary doctorate at the University of Middlesex. He is currently serving a four-year honorary professorship of sculpture at the Royal Academy Schools. ‘Richard Wilson’ by Simon Morrissey was published in October 2005 as part of the Tate Modern Artists Book Series (Tate Publishing). Wilson’s commissioned contribution to Liverpool’s European Capital of Culture 2008 was Turning the Place Over, which comprised a vast ovoid section of a building’s façade rotated three dimensionally on a spindle. It was launched in June 2007 and operated until 2011. His exhibition at the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill in 2012, entitled Hang on a Minute Lads…I’ve Got a Great Idea, had a hydraulically teetering coach positioned at the edge of the building’s roof – a replica of the vehicle featured in The Italian Job (1969). This cinematic moment acted as a flag-waving work for the nation as part of the Cultural Olympiad 2012 Festival.

  • 20:50 1987-2014
  • Slipstream 2014
  • Hang On A Minute Lads...I’ve Got a Great Idea 2012
  • Shack Stack 2010
  • Square the Block 2010
  • Turning the Place Over 2008-2011
  • Set North for Japan ( 74°33' 2") 2000
  • A Slice of Reality 2000