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(b London, 30 Aug. 1950). British sculptor. His work has been mainly concerned with the human figure and is often based on moulds from his own body; he says that he attempts ‘to materialize the place at the other side of appearance where we all live’. He won the Turner Prize in 1994 and achieved much wider fame in 1998 when his enormous Angel of the North was erected near Gateshead, overlooking the A1 trunk road, and thereafter quickly became one of Britain's most instantly recognizable sights.

Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)