Antony Gormley (b.1950) is one of the most distinguished sculptors working today and has enjoyed major success exhibiting all over the world over the last thirty years. His largely figurative sculptures of the human body take on many forms, and can be found in numerous public sites and private collections, one of the most famous being the Angel of the North in Tyne and Wear. The New Art Centre was one of the first to commission Gormley in 1989 when he produced the emotive Mountain and Sea. In 2001 the New Art Centre's award-winning gallery was home to an exhibition of Gormley's 1998 Insider figures.
Recent significant solo exhibitions include his major retrospective at the Royal Academy of Arts, London in 2019, along with presentations at the Uffizi Gallery, Florence (2019); the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia (2019); Long Museum, Shanghai (2017) and Forte di Belvedere, Florence (2015).
Permanent public works include the aforementioned Angel of the North (Gateshead, England), Another Place (Crosby Beach, England), Inside Australia (Lake Ballard, Western Australia), Exposure (Lelystad, The Netherlands) and Chord (MIT - Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA).