Tony Cragg (born 1949) has worked as a laboratory technician at the Natural Rubber Producers Research Association (1966-68) before attending Gloucestershire College of Art and Design, Cheltenham College, and the Royal College of Art, London (1973-77).
An artist of great international acclaim and immense energy, Cragg has developed more possibilities in the making of sculpture than any other sculptor since Henry Moore discovered the 'hole' as positive space. He has employed more materials than most, and tested them to their limits through a wide variety of means, so that he seems to be one hundred sculptors at any one time.
Tony Cragg was elected Royal Academician in 1994. In the summer of 1999, the forecourt of Burlington House housed an installation of his new work. A solo exhibition, A New Thing Breathing, was held at the Tate Gallery, Liverpool in spring 2000, and five monumental sculptures formed the first exhibition on the Terrace of Somerset House, London in autumn of 2001.