Bill Woodrow

(born 1948)
Bill Woodrow Clamp 1986 © THE ARTIST

Biography

Woodrow was born in Oxfordshire and studied art at St Martin's School of Art, London, from 1968 to 1971. He was one of a number of sculptors in the early 1980s, whose work was mainly 'object based', beginning with a manufactured object rather than being carved or modelled. Woodrow began using discarded consumer products in his work of the 1970s. From 1980 he made sculptures in which junk objects - particularly domestic appliances - were ingeniously cut and crafted, creating an absurd and magical world in which apparently unrelated objects were united and transformed.

Glossary terms

  • A term used for sculptures incorporating found objects. After the 1940s the word 'assemblage' is more commonly used.