In 1967, while he was still a student at St Martin’s School of Art, Richard Long made an important work titled A Line Made by Walking. This black and white photograph of a trail left in the grass – created by Long walking back and forth in a line – opened up new possibilities of what art could be.
Since then, Long has gained an international reputation, making sculptures, photographs, wall paintings and text works about his journeys in the landscape. Long explores time, space and distance through his walks. He is guided by a great respect for the landscape, and an interest in the balance between nature and human intervention.
Long represented Britain at the 37th Venice Biennale (1976) and won the Turner Prize in 1989 after being shortlisted four times. Major solo exhibitions include Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2010), Tate Britain, London (2009), Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh (2007) and Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco (2006).