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Gormley attended Saint Martin's School of Art, Goldsmiths and the Slade School of Fine Art, from 1974 to 1979. In 1981, Gormley had his first ever solo show which was held at the Whitechapel Gallery.

BED, 1980 - 1981 Bread and wax 28 x 220 x 168 cm Installation view, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, England, 1981 BED, 1980 - 1981
Bread and wax
28 x 220 x 168 cm
Installation view, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, England, 1981

For his piece Bed, which was part of the exhibition at Whitechapel, Gormley used 8640 slices of bread which he dried and dipped in paraffin wax before stacking and layering them. The work reflects Gormley's strict Catholic upbringing as the piece alludes to the Catholic ritual of consuming the body and spirit of Christ, symbolised by bread, through the taking of the sacrament.

Since 1980, Gormley has used his body as a cast for this works, as he investigates humanbeing's physical and spiritual relationship with the natural world.

In 2011, a maquette of the Angel of the North sold at Christie's, London, for £3 401 250 making it the most expensive of Gormley's works to ever sell at auction. Check out more realised prices for Antony Gormley here.

Thanks to the public nature of Gormley's work such as Event Horizon, Another Place and Human, his works will be a permanent be part of the world's ever-changing land and cityscapes.

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