Angela Conner is one of Britain’s most prolific sculptors who, for over 40 years, has created Europe’s largest mobile sculptures as well as acclaimed portraits.
As a young self-taught artist who sculpted since childhood with whatever materials came her way, Conner developed her professional foundation working in Dame Barbara Hepworth’s celebrated Cornwall studio. Leaving before she turned twenty, Conner went on to develop her signature fascination with the movement in nature.
Working with whatever materials suit her idea, Conner’s mobile sculptures move with water, tip in the wind, play with gravity, light, and shadow. Mirroring natural forces, they seek to evoke in their viewer the feelings experienced in the increasingly rare moments when one slows down and engages with our surroundings.
Whilst vast in scale and impressive in material, Conner’s work is characterised by the contrasting simplicity of the mechanics she engineers specifically to realise the mobile aspects of each design.
Conner’s sculptures feature in public and private collections worldwide and she has exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Royal Academy of the Arts in London and was awarded an American Institute of Architects’ Honor Award for sculpture and co-design of Heinz Plaza, Pittsburgh USA. At 35 metres, her Irish Wave in Dublin is the tallest mobile sculpture in Europe.
In the introduction to the new iBook Angela Conner, Rachel Campbell Johnston, art critic for The Times, writes, ‘Nature isn’t limited to daffodils and blue tits,’ she [Conner] says. “It reaches into outer space. It is as vast and frightening as it is lovely or familiar; it is as awe-inspiring as it is extraordinarily beautiful.” It is this entranced awe that Conner’s sculptures can capture. “I often feel that we have lost our tie to the elements,” says Conner. She makes the sort of sculptures that help us to rebuild them again.’
• Solo Show, Browse and Darby, Cork St, London
• ‘Core’, Mixed Show, Illuminate Productions, South Bank, London
• Inner Temple Gardens, Solo Show, Embankment, London
• Gimpel Fils Gallery, Mixed Show, New York, U.S.A.
• Lincoln Centre, Solo Show, New York, U.S.A.
• One Person Outdoor Show, The Economist Plaza, London
• Sculpture by the Sea, Sydney, Australia
• United Nations, Solo Show, New York, U.S.A.
• Victoria and Albert Museum, Solo Show, London
• Washington Museum, Mixed Show, Washington, U.S.A.
• Friends of the Tate Gallery, Solo Show, London
• Royal Academy, Summer Exhibition, London
• Contemporary Art Society, London. Solo Show
• 2015 Hatfield House, Solo Show
• 2014 University of Leicester Annual Sculpture Show
• 2014 Elemental, Burghley Sculpture Garden
• 2013 Pure Arts Autumn Fair, Battle
• 2013 Ludlow Open, Ludlow
• 2012 ‘A Celebration: Modern British Sculpture’ Beaux Arts, London
• 2012 Ludlow Open, Ludlow
• 2011 Jerwood Sculpture Park, Ragley Hall, Warwickshire
• 2011 Sculpture By The Sea, Aarhaus, Denmark
• 2010 Sculpture Promenade, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
• 2009 Eastern Approaches, Hatfield House
• 2009 Art Dubai, Christie’s Art Fair, Dubai
• 2009 Arte Fiera, Bologna
• 2009 Ludlow Open, Ludlow
• 2009 Solomon Gallery, Iveagh Gardens, Dublin
• 2008 Solo Show, Galerie Piece Unique, Paris
Arts Council, Great Britain
Carnegie Museum of Modern Art, Pittsburgh, USA
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
Royal Festival Hall, London
Jewish Museum of Art, New York
Heinz Plaza, Pittsburgh, USA.
The National Trust Collection
10 Downing St, London
Brompton Road,Victims of Yalta Memorial
Civic Centre, Sittingbourne, Kent.
Ditchley Anglo-American Foundation
National Portrait Gallery, London
The Musee de l’Armee, Paris.
EMI Records and Films
Epsom Race Course
Fidelity Investments Inc.
General de Gaulle Statue, London
Kidder & Peabody, London
Observer Newspaper, London
Shakespeare Museum, Stratford-upon-Avon
Steuban Glass, USA
The Economist Plaza, water feature, London
The London Library
Warwickshire Education Committee
St. George’s Chapel, Windsor
The American Museum in England, Bath, UK
Park West, Dublin, Ireland
H. R. H. Prince Charles
Dame Elisabeth Frink
The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia
The Duke of Devonshire
Rt. Hon. Harold Macmillan
Ian and Anne Fleming’s Estate
The Hon. Michael Astor’s Estate
Rt. Hon.John Major,PM
Count and Countess Oeynhausen
Benjamin Britten Collection
Ken Tynan’s Estate
Dr. Roy Strong
The Duchess of Westminster
Penelope and John Mortimer
Duchess of Cornwall
Sir John Tavener . Peter, Paul and Mary Travers
Jack and Drue Heinz
Lord Goodman’s Estate
Sir Max Rayne’s Estate
Sir John Betjeman’s Estate
John R. Gaines Collection
Princess Firyal of Jordan
Mrs Henry Ford II
Nancy Balfour’s Estate
HRH, the Princess Haya bin Al Hussein
Mr & Mrs. A Taubman
Dame Janet Baker