Rachel Whiteread

    Attributes

    • Female

    About the artist

    She lives and works in a former synagogue in east London with long-term partner and fellow sculptor Marcus Taylor.
    Born 20 April is an English artist, best known for her sculptures, which typically take the form of casts
    1993: She won the annual Turner Prize

    Whiteread is one of the Young British Artists, and exhibited at the Royal Academy's Sensation exhibition in 1997. She is probably best known for House, a large concrete cast of the inside of an entire Victorian house, and for her resin sculpture for the empty plinth in London's Trafalgar Square.


    Whiteread was born in London and raised in the Essex countryside,until age seven, when the family returned to London. Her mother, Patricia Whiteread (née Lancaster), who was also an artist, died in 2003 at the age of 72. Her death had a profound impact on Rachel's work. Her father, Thomas Whiteread, was a geography teacher, polytechnic administrator and lifelong supporter of the Labour Party, who died when Whiteread was studying at art school in 1988.[3] She is the third of three sisters — the older two being identical twins.

    Rachel trained in painting at the Faculty of Arts and Architecture, Brighton Polytechnic, was briefly at the Cyprus College of Art, and later studied sculpture at Slade School of Art, University College, London. For a time she worked in Highgate Cemetery fixing lids back onto time-damaged coffins. She began to exhibit in 1987, with her first solo exhibition coming in 1988. She lives and works in a former synagogue in east London with long-term partner and fellow sculptor Marcus Taylor. They have two sons.
    In Whiteread's exhibition, "Rachel Whiteread: Bibliography,” she continued to explore the human traces left on ordinary objects. Whiteread exhibits an ongoing examination of the physical body’s contact with the space it occupies and the objects it comes across. In this exhibition, Whiteread investigates the concepts intrinsic to packing, storage and moving by casting cardboard boxes in plaster.