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Based in London, Edmund de Waal has developed an international reputation in the art world as a master of pottery, bringing refinement and passion to its creation and expanding the limits of how it’s exhibited. De Waal is also an accomplished author who gained broader recognition in 2010 with his moving family memoir, The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance, a global bestseller.
The artist’s studio-based practice is deeply informed by literature, and in his latest book, 2015’s The White Road: Journey into an Obsession, his literature is informed by his art practice as he recounts his travels around the world to understand the “white gold” of porcelain.
As his writing makes clear, de Waal is extraordinarily sensitive to the lives of objects, a quality also evident in a number of acclaimed exhibitions he’s curated and designed. In these, elements from the existing collections of institutions and individuals are repurposed for dramatic, sculpture-like installations.
He's also explored interests in architectural experimentation and music. This has led to various exhibitions and his production of set designs for a new piece commissioned by the Royal Ballet from British choreographer Wayne McGregor on the occasion of the Leonard Bernstein centenary.
De Waal is represented by Gagosian Gallery. He’ll be in residence at the Wex in 2019, researching an ambitious exhibition to debut here in 2020.