Anish Kapoor (1954) is one of the most influential sculptors of his generation. He was one of a generation of British-based sculptors who became established in the intenational arena during the 1980s. He is most famous for his public sculptures that are adventurous in form, meaning and construction. His work ranges vastly in scale from huge PVC skins, stretched or deflated; concave or convex mirrors that reflect and distort the viewer whilst incorporating them into the composition; to small pieces of jewellery; rings and pendants which mirror and evoke the overall intention and effects of his larger works. His work plays with ideas of depth and perception an in his small-scale works the effects of illusion are as powerful as in his larger works.

 

The relationship between man and his environment is key to Kapoor's work and has led to his collaborations on many architectural projects. For example one of his sculptures from the Sky Mirror 2001 series reflects the sky and the bustle of the Rockefeller Center in New York. Both the spectator, the environment and the sculpture itself contribute to the overall effect of the work of art.