Brian Catling (born in London, 1948) is an English sculptor, poet, novelist, film maker and performance artist. He was educated at North East London Polytechnic and the Royal College of Art. He now holds the post of Professor of Fine Art at The Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford and is a fellow of Linacre College. He has been exhibiting his work internationally since the 1970s. Some of his most notable works and performances include: Quill Two at Matt’s Gallery, Dilston Grove in 2011, Antix at Matt’s Gallery in 2006, a commissoned memorial to the Site of Execution, Tower of London in 2007, Vanished! A Video Seance made with screenwriter Tony Grisoni in 1999 and Cyclops at South London Gallery 1996.
As a writer he has published poetic works, including one compendium, A Court of Miracles, in 2009. His first prose book Bobby Awl was published in 2007. Currently he is writing novels and has completed The Vorrh trilogy.
The first title of The Vorrh trilogy was published in 2012 and features a foreword by acclaimed comic-book writer Alan Moore. Taking inspiration from the imaginary forest of the same name in Raymond Roussel’s Impressions of Africa the Vorrh is the backdrop to an epic fantasy/surrealist narrative led by hunter Tsungali and the Cyclops, Ishmael. Also appearing in The Vorrh are real-life figures Eadweard Muybridge and Raymond Roussel.
- 2011 Quill Two Matt’s Gallery at Dilston Grove
- 2010 Bluecoat Gallery Liverpool bienalle
- 2008 Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh. Scotland
- 2006 Antix. Matt’s Gallery. London. 16 night Performance installation
- 2002 Antic (Norwegian version) Video installation. Trans-Art Gallery Trondheim. Norway
- 2002 Buhl Cyclops. Vidio installation. AKW. Stadt Buhl. Germany
- 2000 Man In the Moon. Galleri e.s. Bergen
- 1999 Were : The Chamber works, ICA, London
- 1998 Were, durational performance, Matt's Gallery, London
- 1997 Cyclops (video installation in German language), Project Gallery, Leipzig
- 1997 Country of the Blind, text, drawings & video, The Economist, London
- 1997 Nordic Cyclops (video installation), Museet for Samtidskunst, Oslo
- 1996 Cyclops (video installation), South London Gallery
- 1995 Cyclops, Galerie Satellite, Paris
- 1994 The Blindings, Serpentine Gallery, London
- 1993 Ten Gallery, Fukuoka, Japan
- 1993 La Bas, Galerie Satellite, Paris
- 1991 At The Lighthouse, Matt's Gallery, London
- 1989 Museum of Modern Art, Oxford
- 1988 Atrium, Neuw Gallery, Sammalung Ludwig, Aachen, Germany
- 1987 White Breath / Red Heart, Hordaland Kunstnercentrum, Bergen, Norway
- 1987 Lair, Matt's Gallery, London
- 1986 On Touching And Haunting A Noble Silent Room, Leifsgade 22, Copenhagen
- A Court of Miracles (2009)
- Thyhand (2001)
- Large Ghost (2001)
- Late Harping (2001)
- The Blindings (1995)
- The Stumbling Block (1990)
- Bobby Awl (2007)
- Twentieth- Century British and Irish Poetry(2001)
- Vanishing Points (2004)
- Pittancer (2002)
- Conductors Of Chaos (1996)
- The New British Poetry (1992)
- Future Exiles (1992)
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