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Master of Architectural Illusion, Alex Chinneck


British sculptor Alex Chinneck is known for creating temporary works of art. He attended the Modern Bedford School, where his father taught sports. He had ambitions to become a cricketer, captaining his school team at the district level, before getting interested in the arts at 16.

Alex studied painting at the Chelsea College of Arts, Bachelor of Arts graduated and became a member of the Royal Society of Sculptors. After college, he was awarded the Gilbert Bayes Prize by the Royal Society of Sculptors for helping transition to professional practice. He collaborates with Conrad Shaw in his artworks.

After focusing on small sculptures, influenced by the House designed by Rachel White and by Richard Wilson, Chinneck began work on large-scale designs. Most of the features of the Chinneck installation in Greater London. His early works included Telling the Truth Through False Teeth (2012), in which Alex used 1,248 pieces of glass to create 312 identical windows throughout the factory façade in Hackney.

In Margate, The artworks are fantastic creatures, like Under the Weather, Over the Moon, and From Knees – my Nose to the Belly – my Toes in 2013. Alex creates the illusion the entire facade of the House has slid into the garden, a commercial property located on Blackfriars Street, made as if it were entirely upside down. For his work on Hackney, residents described Chinneck as “Banksy of Glass.”

More, Alex’s recent works include Take my Lightning but Don’t Steal My Thunder (2014), a building located in Convent Garden designed to appear as if it is floating in the air, and A Pound of Flesh for 50p (2014), the House on Southwark Street is made of 7,500 slowly melting paraffin wax bricks. Pick Yourself Up & Pull Yourself Together (2015), at the installation, sees Vauxhall Corsa being hung upside down in the car park’s South bank Center. Guardian called Chinneck a “master of architectural illusion.”


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