Sculptor, born in London, where she continued to work. She attended Brighton Polytechnic, 1982–5, then Slade School of Fine Art, 1985–7. Gained The Elephant Trust award in 1989. After Whitworth Young Contemporaries in Manchester, 1987, group shows included Slaughterhouse Gallery, 1988, Whitechapel Open in 1989, South Bank Centre’s touring The British Art Show, 1990, and Days Like These, Tate Britain, 2003. Solo exhibitions included Carlile Gallery, 1988, and Chisenhale Gallery, 1990. Tomb-like objects created by direct casting and constructed from negative spaces were a key feature of Whiteread’s output. She won the Turner Prize in 1993 as her controversial House project (in which she preserved the interior spaces of an East End Victorian terrace house while the structure was demolished) was making her a national celebrity.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)

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