Tony Cragg is known for his broad use of materials including plastic, wood, stone, metal and industrial objects such as glass bottles. His expressions of form range from abstraction to figuration. Cragg trained as a biologist, and much of his work is based on organic, biomorphic shapes similar to cellular life seen under a microscope. Cragg has created many sculptures made of bronze, a more traditional fine arts material. Frequently, his large-scale sculptures are organic, abstract and infused with a sense of dynamic movement. Both of these sculptures allude to the philosophical underpinnings of Craig’s work, suggesting, respectively, his interest in cellular biology and the physics of motion.
Tony Cragg was born in Liverpool, England, in 1949 and currently works in Wuppertal, Germany.