Lucy Skaer (born 1975) is a Cambridge-born artist resident in Glasgow. Often using historical references, her images, sculptures and films focus on exploring the limits of image making and how objects affect and are affected by the spaces in which they are situated.
Since graduating from the Glasgow School of Art in 1997, Skaer has produced a wide body of work and has received international recognition. She has exhibited several times in New York and is currently represented there by Peter Freeman Inc and Murray Guy. She has an upcoming exhibition, in collaboration with Rosalind Nashashibi, at Tate St Ives in 2018, a solo show at Kunstwerke in Berlin in 2017 and will be represented at the 2016 Rennes Biennale. She is a founding member of the international artists’ group ‘Henry VIII’s Wives’, who collaborated in 2002 on a 1:1 scale model of Skara Brae. Skaer often works collaboratively with Rosalind Nashashibi.
In 2009, her sculptures Black Alphabet and Leviathan Edge were nominated for the Turner Prize. The former consisted of 26 cast carbon copies of Brancusi’s Bird in Space. The latter included a skull from a sperm whale, which could only be glimpsed through slots in a wall.
Lucy Skaer | I am thrilled and grateful receive this vital support. It’s going to allow me to continue a trajectory of making exhibitions in their most uncompromised form. I often adjust works exactly to fit, retitle or adapt them depending on the circumstance so that the visitor’s experience is primary. Often this isn’t the most market friendly of choices, but the award will give me three years of stability. This simply couldn’t have come at a better time for me and I am very thankful to the Paul Hamlyn Foundation for supporting the future of my work.