Bill Woodrow  (British, 1948) 

Bill Woodrow (British, b.1948) is a sculptor well-known for using materials found in scrap yards and dumps for his installation pieces. Woodrow was born on November 1, 1948 in Oxfordshire, England. He was educated at Winchester College of Art, St. Martin's School of Art, and Chelsea School of Art. Woodrow held his first solo exhibition in 1972 at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in London in 1972. Since that time, Woodrow has exhibited his art at galleries and shows around the world. One of his most important shows took place in 1991 at the XXI São Paulo Biennia. He has also held shows at the South London Gallery and the Tate Gallery. In 1986, Woodrow was a finalist for the Turner Prize. Woodrow won the Anne Gerber Award from the Seattle Museum of Art in 1988.

Woodrow incorporated materials he found in used car lots and dumps into his early work; in these pieces, he always retained the original identity of the item. The scavenged materials were often made to appear as though they had been excavated from plaster in his works. Woodrow then moved on to using larger consumer goods, including cars and refrigerators, in his works. By collecting a wide variety of items and converting them into an entirely new context, Woodrow was able to incorporate a narrative element into his art. This is the case with Life on Earth. During the late 1980s, Woodrow began to work with welded steel. He later began to create sculptures from bronze. One of his most well-known works from this period is In Awe of the Pawnbroker. He often utilizes a recurring theme in much of his work. Such themes frequently include the destruction of the planet and nature triumphing over man.

Woodrow has the honor of being one of the select few artists chosen to create a sculpture to appear in Trafalgar Square. Between 1996 and 2001, Woodrow served as Trustee of the Tate Galleries. Woodrow currently lives and works in London, England.

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Bill Woodrow, Clockswarm


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Bill Woodrow, Portrait of a friend


Bill Woodrow
Portrait of a friend

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Bill Woodrow, Lion 2


Bill Woodrow
Lion 2

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Bill Woodrow, Revelator 4


Bill Woodrow
Revelator 4

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Bill Woodrow, Revelator 2


Bill Woodrow
Revelator 2

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Bill Woodrow, Informer 2


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Informer 2

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Bill Woodrow, Lighthouse 1


Bill Woodrow
Lighthouse 1

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Bill Woodrow, Insect 7


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Insect 7

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Bill Woodrow, Insect 5


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Insect 5

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Bill Woodrow, Car wing, suitcase and incident


Bill Woodrow
Car wing, suitcase and incident, 1982
mixed media and enamel paint


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Bill Woodrow, Burn


Bill Woodrow
Burn, 1987
tinned copper and enamel on water cylinder


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Bill Woodrow, Self Portrait, You are What You Eat


Bill Woodrow
Self Portrait, You are What You Eat, 1987
found supermarket basket, stove pipe and scrap copper


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1948   Born near Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, UK
1967 - 1968   Winchester School of Art, Winchester
1968 - 1971   St. Martin's School of Art, London
1971 - 1972   Chelsea School of Art, London
1988   Anne Gerber Award, Seattle Museum of Art, USA
  Lives and works in London
2012   Revelator, Lullin + Ferrari, Zurich, Switzerland (solo)
2012   Alice in Wonderland, MART, Rovereto, Italy; Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany
2012   Postmodernismo: Stile e Sovversione 1970-1990, MART, Rovereto, Italy
2011 - 2012   Alice in Wonderland, Tate Liverpool
2011 - 2012   Camulodunum, Firstsite, Colchester, UK
2011 - 2012   Postmodernism: Style and Subversion 1970-1990, Victoria & Albert Museum London
2011   United Enemies: The Problem of Sculpture in Britain in the 60’s and 70’s, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds
2011   Sculptures 1981–1988, Waddington Custot Galleries, London (solo)
2011   Modern British Sculpture, Royal Academy of Arts, London
2010   Forms of Reason, Lullin + Ferrari, with Mamiko Otsubo and Isabel Nolan
2010   British Council Collection: Fall Out: War and Conflict, Whitechapel Gallery, London
2010   Das Fundament der Kunst, Gerhard-Marcks-Haus, Bremen, Germany
2010   Le Meilleur des Mondes, MUDAM, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
2010   Sculpture after 1960, Tate Britain, London
2010   From Floor to Sky, Ambika P3, University of Westminster, London
2010   What Happens if...?, Storey Gallery, Lancaster
2010   Rock, Paper, Scissors, Bottega Gallery, Kiev, Ukraine
2010   The Future Demand your Participation: Contemporary Art from the British Council Collection, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China
2009   Selected Sculpture and Drawings, Sabine Wachters Fine Arts, Knokke, Belgium (solo)
2009   DLA Piper Series: This is Scuplture, Tate Liverpool
2009   Im Blick des Sammlers, Museum Würth, Künzelsau, Germany
2009   Birdland, Salisbury Arts Centre, Salisbury, England
2009   British Council Collection: The Third Dimension, Whitechapel Gallery, London
2009   Passports: In viaggio con l’arte, Padiglione d’Arte contremporanea, Milan, Italy
2009   Art in Public Places, Henry Moore Institute/Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds, England
2008   Sculptures and Drawings, Lullin + Ferrari, Zurich, Switzerland (solo)
2008   Oscillator, New Sculpture and Painting, Waddington Galleries, London (solo)
2008   On the Rocks, shared sculptures with Richard Deacon, Bloomberg SPACE, London
2008   Punk. No one is Innocent, Kunsthalle Vienna
2008   British Sculptors’ Drawings: Moore to Gormley, British Museum, London
2008   Alice, son miroir et ses merveilles, Musée des Beaux-Arts et de la Dentelle, Calais, France
2007   Part 2: Drawings from the nineties, Sabine Wachters Fine Arts Knokke
2007   Part 1: New drawings, Sabine Wachters Fine Arts Knokke
2007   Lead Astray, shared sculptures with Richard Deacon, Château Musée, Dieppe, France
2007   Panic Attack! Art in the Punk Years, Barbican Art Gallery, London
2007   Drawing from Turner, Tate Britain, London
2007   St Martin’s Sculpture Department 1966-71, Tate Britain, London
2006   Eldorado, MUDAM, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
2006   Domestic Incidents, Tate Modern, London
2006   Sculpture, Waddington Galleries, London (solo)
2005   Lead Astray, shared sculptures with Richard Deacon, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton, Wakefield
2005   Raised Awareness, Tate Modern, London
2005   In Print: Prints from the Paragon Press, National Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2004   Turning Points: 20th Century British Sculpture, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran, Iran
2003   Blast to Freeze: British Art in the 20th Century, Les Abbatoirs, Toulouse, France
2002   Blast to Freeze: British Art in the 20th Century, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany
2002   The Beekeeper, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea (solo)
2001   The Beekeeper, Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield (solo)
2001   Field Day, Sculpture from Britain, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
2001   Natural History, Yongsan Family Park, Seoul, Korea (permanent)
2000   Regardless of History, Fourth Plinth, Trafalgar Square, London (solo)
2000   Monographic Room, Tate Modern, London (solo)
1999   Forjar el Espacio, Ivam Centre Julio Gonzalez, Valencia, Spain
1999   Forjar el Espacio, Musée des Beaux-Arts et de la Dentelle, Calais, France
1998   Toxic Drawings, Sabine Wachters Fine Arts Brussels Stalingradlaan
1998   Forjar el Espacio, Centro Atlantico de Arte Moderno, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
1997   Sexta Bienal de la Habana, Havana, Cuba
1997   Sculptures, Sabine Wachters Fine Arts Brussels Bosquet
1997   In awe of the pawmbroker, Sabine Wachters Fine Arts Brussels Stalingradlaan
1997   Sculptures 1981-1997, Mestna Galerija, Ljubljana, Slovenia (solo)
1997   About this Axis, Drawings 1990-1995, Butler Gallery, Kilkenny, Ireland (solo)
1996   Un Siècle de Sculpture Anglaise, Jeu de Paume, Paris, France
1995   From Picasso to Woodrow: Recently Acquired Prints and Portfolios, Tate Gallery, London
1994   Arte Amazonas, Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen, Germany
1994   Drawings, Sabine Wachters Fine Arts Brussels Stalingradlaan
1993   Arte Amazonas, Staatliche Kunsthalle, Berlin; Technische Sammlungen, Dresden, Germany
1993   ’Only the Lonely’ and other Shared Sculptures with Richard Deacon, Chisenhale Gallery, London (solo)
1992   The little Saints - small bronzes and watercolors on paper, Sabine Wachters Fine Arts Knokke
1992   Sculptures, Sabine Wachters Fine Arts Brussels Bosquet
1991   Sculpture, XXI Bienal de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil (solo)
1989   Point of Entry, Imperial War Museum, London (solo)
1989   Eye of the Needle, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Le Havre, France (solo)
1988   Christmas Tree, Tate Gallery, London (solo)
1988   Sculpture, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, USA (solo)
1987   Sculpture, Kunstverein, Munich, Germany (solo)
1987   Ship of Fools’, Discovery of Time, Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, USA (permanent) (solo)
1985   culpture, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland (solo)
1985   Currents, I.C.A., Boston, MA, USA (solo)
1972   Sculpture, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (solo)