British artist, born in Chigwell, Essex. He studied at Chelsea School of Art and *Goldsmiths College. His work in a great variety of media is unified by an interest in British society and especially class. This has intersected with a personal fascination with horse racing. A series of *Superrealist paintings of race horses were entitled Race Class Sex (1992). Royal Ascot (1994, British Council) is a video installation of four monitors each showing the repeated ritual of the Queen and Prince Philip waving to the crowds at the exclusive race meeting. Wallinger first attracted a wider public with Ecce Homo (1999), one of the series of sculptures by different artists (others have included Rachel *Whiteread and Marc *Quinn), designed for an empty plinth in London's Trafalgar Square.
Text source: A Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art (Oxford University Press)