Sir Anthony Douglas Cragg, CBE, RA was born in 1949 in Liverpool, England. Cragg first studied biochemistry, before taking his step into art and studies at the Royal College of Art in London.
Cragg has been living and working in Wuppertal in Germany since 1979. He was also the principal of the Düsseldorf Art Academy. In 2007, he won the Praemium Imperiale, the Japanese Emperor's Art Prize, for his art. The prize is awarded for outstanding contributions to the development, promotion and progress of art. Cragg is one of Britain's most significant living artists.
Cragg represented the United Kingdom at the Venice Biennale in 1988, winning the Turner Prize that year. In addition to the four sculptures by Cragg at Kistefos, he is represented in Norway for instance in the sculpture park at the Henie Onstad Art Center, Skulpturlandskap Nordland and the Astrup Fearnley Museum.
"Dynamics" and "Energy" are terms that describe virtually all of Cragg´s sculptures. The artist is interested in the natural sciences, and draw inspiration from, among others, Isaac Newton. He has experimented with a variety of materials. Besides bronze, he has worked with steel, aluminum, wood, plastic, glass, stone and wax.
Tony Cragg never gets stuck in an idiom. He is rooted in a classical sculpture tradition but still manages, in a very personal way, to renew this form of expression. He makes use of traditional sculpture materials such as stone and bronze, but also less conventional materials such as plastic, metal, wood, ceramics, glass and synthetic fabrics. Cragg’s sculptures often give the audience a fervent desire to touch the shape, as well as the surface.