Richard Long is a
artist whose work brings together sculpture,
Land Art. His work is inspired by his long solitary walks
through landscapes and remote or inhospitable terrain.
He often collects objects such as stones and twigs on these walks and then exhibits them in gallery spaces, arranging them into circular or other simple geometric shapes. He also exhibits these works in their original settings documenting them with photographs, text and maps.
Long explains the inspiration for his work by saying ‘Nature has always been recorded by artists, from pre-historic cave paintings to 20th century landscape photography. I too wanted to make nature the subject of my work, but in new ways. I started working outside, using natural materials like grass and water, and this evolved into the idea of making a sculpture by walking. My landscape sculptures inhabit the rich territory between two ideological positions, namely that of making monuments or conversely, of leaving footprints. As sculpture may be moved, dispersed and carried. Stones can be used as markers of time or distance, or exist as parts of a huge, yet anonymous sculpture.’
Long currently lives and works in Bristol. He has an international reputation and has attracted a lot of attention from critics. Most of them approve of his work, although the critic Peter Fuller described his work as ‘the barren arrangement of gathered stones.’