Sculptor Richard Long knighted in the New Year’s Honours list for ‘services to art’. Artist working in stone, slate, flint and mud, and since the late 1960s he has used walking itself as an artistic form – his sculptures, maps, photographs and works created from the written word documenting his experiences of the natural landscape which he encounters. Long’s relationship with Ireland and its landscape is well documented.
He featured in IMMA’s inaugural exhibition of 1991 and his ‘Kilkenny Limestone’ is amongst his most instantly recognisable and best loved works. This work is currently on exhibition as part of the ‘IMMA Collection: Coast-Lines’ until 30 September 2018.
The artist recently created a 60-metre-long wall painting in mud for Lisson Gallery’s 50th anniversary show, Everything at Once, in London’s Strand. According to Lisson Gallery, Bristol-born Long has been “in the vanguard of conceptual and land art in Britain since he created A Line Made by Walking”. Long caught a train from Waterloo, found a field in south-west England and walked back and forth, documenting the ephemeral work. “This photograph of the path left by his feet in the grass, a fixed line of movement, established a precedent that art could be a journey,” the gallery says.