Columbia Threadneedle Prize 2016
Peter Randall Page
Peter Randall Page
Peter Randall-Page was born in the UK in 1954 and studied sculpture at Bath Academy of Art from 1973-77.
During the past 25 years Peter Randall-Page has gained an international reputation through his sculpture drawings and prints. He has undertaken numerous large scale commissions and exhibited widely. His work is held in public and private collections throughout the world including Japan, South Korea, Australia, USA, Turkey, Eire, Germany and the Netherlands. A selection of his public sculptures can be found in many urban and rural locations throughout the UK including London, Edinburgh, Manchester, Bristol, Oxford and Cambridge and his work is in the permanent collections of the Tate Gallery and the British Museum amongst others.
His practice has always been informed and inspired by the study natural phenomena and its subjective impact on our emotions.
In recent years his work has become increasingly concerned with the underlying principles determining growth and the forms it produces. In his words “geometry is the theme on which nature plays her infinite variations, fundamental mathematical principle become a kind of pattern book from which nature constructs the most complex and sophisticated structures.”
In 1999, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from the University of Plymouth, an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from York St John University in 2009 and an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Exeter University in 2010; from 2002 to 2005 he was an Associate Research Fellow at Dartington College of Arts.
As a member of the design team for the Education Resource Centre (The Core) at the Eden Project in Cornwall, Peter influenced the overall design of the building incorporating an enormous granite sculpture (‘Seed’) at its heart.
Recent commissions include ‘Give and Take’ in Newcastle which won the 2006 Marsh Award for Public Sculpture, ‘Mind’s Eye’ a large ceramic wall mounted piece for the Department of Psychology at Cardiff University (2006) and a commemorative sculpture for a Mohegan Chief at Southwark Cathedral (2006). Recent projects include 'Green Fuse' for the Jerwood Sculpture Park, Ragley Hall and a major one person exhibition in and around the Underground Gallery at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, June 2009 - April 2010.
Photo by Mike Smallcombe