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Pippy Houldsworth Gallery is very pleased to present a solo exhibition by acclaimed British artist Bill Woodrow. This will be his first major exhibition in London since his retrospective at the Royal Academy of Arts in 2013. Running concurrently with the show, Woodrow is one of this year’s commissioned artists for the Folkestone Triennial for which he has created a monumental, outdoor sculpture on the town’s coastline.

About Bill Woodrow

Woodrow first came to international prominence in the 1980s with works made from salvaged consumer goods such as defunct washing machines and car bonnets. Cutting directly into their surface, the artist then transformed them into fantastical objects. The remodelling of form from one context to another lends a narrative element to Woodrow’s work which has continued with his later pieces made from bronze and welded steel, perhaps best demonstrated by his edition of the Fourth Plinth, Trafalgar Square, UK in 2000.

Woodrow’s first solo exhibition was at the Whitechapel Gallery, London in 1972. In the early 1980s, he represented Britain at Biennales in Sydney (1982), Paris (1982, 1985) and São Paulo (1983). He was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 1986, participated in Documenta 8, Kassel in 1987 and was elected a Royal Academician in 2002.

Other selected solo exhibitions have included those at Modern Art Oxford (1983); ICA, Boston (1985); The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh (1986); Tate, London (1988); Seattle Art Museum (1988); Chisenhale Gallery, London (1993); Camden Arts Centre (1995); Tate, London (1996); South London Gallery, London (2001) and Yorkshire Sculpture Park (2005). The artist had a major retrospective at the Royal Academy of Arts, London in 2013. His work has recently been shown at Tate Britain, London in the group exhibition Sculpture as Object.

Woodrow’s work is held in numerous public collections including Museum of Modern Art, New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art; New York; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Tate, London; British Museum, London; Museum Boymans van Beuningen, Rotterdam; British Council, London; Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington; Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Museo Tamayo, Mexico City; Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh; Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Musée d’Art Contemporain, Montreal and Kunsthaus Zürich, amongst many others.

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Bill Woodrow
Small Tattoo With Snake, 1988
metal hat box, enamel paint
41 x 31 x 31 cm, 16.1 x 12.2 x 12.2 in
H8405