Richard Long was born in Bristol in 1945. He studied at the University of the West of England, Bristol, from 1962–66 and at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London, from 1966–68. Richard Long lives and works in Bristol.
Over Long's illustrious and long career he has exhibited at Alan Cristea Gallery; ARNOLFINI; KONRAD FISCHER GALERIE; THE NEW ART GALLERY, Walsall; LISSON GALLERY; FAENA ARTS CENTRE; The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery; THE HEPWORTH WAKEFIELD; Iziko South African National Gallery; HAUNCH OF VENISON; HAMBURGER BAHNHOF; JAMES COHAN GALLERY SHANGHAI; TATE BRITAIN; Musée d'Art moderne et d'Art contemporain de Nice; Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh (2007).
Long’s practice of making installations in poetic harmony with the buildings in which they are exhibited has led to him working in many diverse venues. In 1994 he exhibited at the São Paulo Biennial, Brazil, where he used mud from the Amazon and splashed it in controlling sweeps on the gallery surfaces. Whilst at the Henry Moore Studios at Dean Clough, Halifax, he worked with pieces of coal, arranging them in a dense black circle. Long’s has held many solo exhibitions throughout Britain and the world. In 1976, he represented Britain at the Venice Biennale with an installation at the British Pavilion made of marble selected from an Italian quarry. In 1989, he was the winner of the Turner Prize and in 2005 was awarded the California Residency Award.
Long’s work predominately deals with the landscape. By 1967, his work had developed to incorporate distance and time and Long began to create sculptures by walking, hitchhiking and cycling; the records of these journeys existed as maps, photographs and short, descriptive texts. Long’s artistic practice is comprised mainly of ephemeral outdoor works, made from objects found in nature. Long is primarily concerned with taking a considered view of nature, making art in the landscape that is both visible and camouflaged. He works in harmony with the sculpture’s natural surroundings by placing natural elements in considered patterns in the environment in which they were found.