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Edward Allington

Biography

Sculptor and draughtsman Edward Allington (1951-2017) was born in Cumbria. He studied at Lancaster College of Art (1968-1971), Central School of Art and Design (1971-1974) and finally at the Royal College of Art (1983-1984).

Allington came to prominence in the early 1980s in the context of New British Sculpture. His long-standing fascination with our history often brings classical references into his work and he develops a strong sense of otherworldliness through his allusion to our complex past. His work is characterised by a witty and ironic use of familiar forms and striking visual metaphors, while his consistent deconstruction and de-stabilising of source material provokes a direct interaction with his work.

Allington’s work was included in the group exhibition ‘Objects and Sculpture’ at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in 1981 and ‘The Sculpture Show’ at The Hayward Gallery in 1983, he has exhibited widely in America, Japan and throughout Europe. Allington was the winner of the John Moores Liverpool Exhibition Prize in 1989 and received a fine art award to work at the British School at Rome in 1997. He is represented in major public, private and corporate collections, including the Arts Council, Tate Gallery, Henry Moore Institute, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and The British Museum.

Allington lived and worked in London and was Professor of Sculpture at the Slade School of Fine Art until he died on 21st September 2017.

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