Sir Antony Gormley

Shelter, 2023


Photo-polymer gravure on Velin arches Blanc 270 gsm paper
Sheet size 215 x 190 mm
Plate size 95 x 70mm
Edition of 100
Signed and numbered by the artist

*This edition is limited to one per customer*

Liverpool Biennial is delighted to announce the release of ‘Shelter’, a limited edition print by Sir Antony Gormley for our 25th Anniversary. As seen in ‘Financial Times How To Spend It’ which can be viewed here.

Sir Antony’s ‘Another Place’ was the first edition to launch our limited editions back in 2013, and his iconic legacy commission ‘Another Place’ (2005) on Crosby Beach continues to attract thousands of visitors each year.

We are immensely grateful to the artist and are excited to be celebrating this significant anniversary with this specially commissioned work.

Sir Antony explains:

“For me, drawing is an oracular process: tuning into the behaviour of substances as much as to the behaviour of the unconscious, like reading images in tea leaves. It is an open and fluid process in which medium and imagery intertwine to evoke rather than describe form and feeling.

In some senses these kinds of drawings make themselves: I am simply a witness, or instigator. They come about by flooding the paper with water and then, with a fully saturated Chinese brush, allowing its touch to spread pigment. The interpenetration of mineral and water happens in time and is dependent on season and temperature as much as my will or ability.

The original drawing for Shelter was made in my studio in Norfolk, a place of long horizons interrupted by stands of ash, beech, and oak, often overtaken by ivy, rambling rose, and hawthorn. Out of the studio window you see the weather coming across open fields – light, water, and solid merge and blur.

In Shelter the spreading fields of pigment evoke a form that is both landscape and body crouching close to the ground. The dark, deep pool suggests the infinite space of thought and feeling that we find inside the body: a space of imagination and potential.”

Gormley’s work has been widely exhibited throughout the UK and internationally with exhibitions at venues including Schauwerk Sindelfingen, Germany (2021); The Royal Academy of Arts, London (2019), Delos, Greece (2019); Uffizi Gallery, Florence (2019); the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia (2019); Long Museum, Shanghai (2017); Forte di Belvedere, Florence (2015); Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern (2014); Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia (2012); Deichtorhallen, Hamburg (2012); The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg (2011); Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria (2010); Hayward Gallery, London (2007); Malmö Konsthall, Sweden (1993) and Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark (1989). Permanent public works include the Angel of the North (Gateshead, England), Another Place (Crosby Beach, England), Inside Australia (Lake Ballard, Western Australia), Exposure (Lelystad, The Netherlands) and Chord (MIT – Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA).

Gormley was awarded the Turner Prize in 1994, the South Bank Prize for Visual Art in 1999, the Bernhard Heiliger Award for Sculpture in 2007, the Obayashi Prize in 2012 and the Praemium Imperiale in 2013. In 1997 he was made an Officer of the British Empire (OBE) and was made a knight in the New Year’s Honours list in 2014. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, an Honorary Doctor of the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Trinity and Jesus Colleges, Cambridge. Gormley has been a Royal Academician since 2003.


Antony Gormley, Shelter, 2023. ©Robin Clewley

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