Jeremy Deller

Jeremy Deller

Jeremy Deller is regarded as one of UK’s most exciting and influential contemporary artists. Winner of the Turner Prize in 2004,his inflatable version of Stonehenge, Sacrilege, is currently touring the UK as part of the London 2012 Festival. Next year he will represent Britain at the Venice Biennale, following in the footsteps of Anish Kapoor and Lucian Freud.

Deller was born in London and studied at the Courtauld Institute of Art (University of London) before taking an MA in Art History at the University of Sussex under Professor David Alan Mellor. He says of his old tutor: “He showed me another way of looking at culture.

"Much of Deller’s work is collaborative with a strong political aspect.  His shows often involve outside groups and individuals as participants. His Turner Prize winning show at Tate Britain included Memory Bucket (2003), a documentary about Crawford, Texas.

Earlier this year the Hayward Gallery held a major retrospective of his work. His film, The Bruce Lacey Experience, a tribute the to life and work of the avant garde artist and sponsored by the University of Sussex, was premiered at the British Film Institute in June.

By: Jacqui Bealing
Last updated: Friday, 13 July 2012