Edmund de WaalEdmund de Waal

Works available

a voice at the door
2013
41 porcelain vessels in a wood and glass vitrine
each vitrine: 90 × 50 x 15 cm /
2ft 11 1/2 × 1ft 7 3/4 × 6 ins

leaning late and reading there
2013
21 porcelain vessels in 2 freestanding aluminium, glass and plexiglass vitrines
each vitrine: 50 × 80 x 15 cm
1ft 7 3/4 × 2ft 7 1/2 × 6 ins

some dreams of speaking
2014
21 porcelain vessels in three wood and plexiglass vitrines
Overall: 56 × 180 × 22.5 cm / 1ft 10 × 3ft 10 1/2 × 9 ins

velocity or pause
2014
13 porcelain vessels in a pair of wood and plexigalss vitrines
Overall: 56 × 118 × 22.5 cm / 1ft 10 × 3ft 10 1/2 × 9 ins

the poem as act, X
2013
Two vessels in white and cream glazes, with gilding, on a red aluminium 'L' shelf
16 × 8 x 9 cm / 6 1/4 × 3 1/8 × 3 1/2 ins

Biography

(1964–)

Edmund de Waal was born in 1964. He studied English at Cambridge University and ceramics in both England and Japan. He is best known for his large scale installations, which have been exhibited in many museums around the world. Much of his recent work has been concerned with ideas of collecting and collections, how objects are kept together, lost, stolen or dispersed. His work comes out of a dialogue between minimalism, architecture and sounds, and is informed by his passion for literature.

De Waal has had major interventions in museums and public collections, including the Victoria and Albert Museum, Waddesdon Manor, Tate Britain and the National Museum of Wales. In September this year, Edmund will be opening his first show in New York at the Gagosian Gallery. Future projects include working with the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Turner Contemporary, Margate, the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen and the Kunsthistorisches in Vienna.

De Waal is also known as a writer. His recent book, Hare with the Amber Eyes, which traces his family history, has been an international bestseller and won many literary prizes.