Born in 1958, Andrew Sabin studied at Chelsea College of Art between 1979 and 1983 where he taught as a Senior Lecturer between 1997 and 2006.
His early passion was pottery, studying under the Malaysian potter Po Chap Yeap. Between 1976 and 1978 he traded as a potter in London and in Europe before turning his study to sculpture.
His tutors included Richard Deacon, Nick Pope, Gerard Wilson, Shelagh Cluett, Anthony Gormley and Anish Kapoor. Between 84 and 90 he worked as an object maker showing for James Lingwood at Plymouth, for Richard Deacon in Manchester and at Angela Flowers Gallery, culminating in two solo shows in 89 and 90 at the Salama-Caro Gallery, Cork Street, London.
In 1990 he made his first installation for Emma Dexter at the Chisenhale Gallery as part of a 3 exhibition series which included Rachel Whitread’s ‘Ghost’. In 1994 he was invited by Robert Hopper to install ‘The Sea of Sun’ in the inaugural exhibition of European sculpture at the Henry Moore Institute alongside Jaume Plensa, Vittorio Messina and Edward Allington. ‘The Sea of Sun’ went on to form an important part of William Ewing’s ‘Century of the Body’ exhibitions in Lausanne and Lisbon. In 1997 he made the final part of his trilogy of installations ‘The Open Sea’ at the Henry Moore Studio in Halifax as part of a programme of sculpture residencies that included projects by Giuseppe Penone, Richard Long, Alison Wilding, Lawrence Weiner, James Turrell and Magdelena Jetelova.
From 1997 his attention was focused predominantly in the public realm, installing the ‘C-bin Project’ on the coast of France, making the ‘History Wall’ for the Town Centre in Whitstable, ‘Square-‘ and ‘Round Bridges’ for Ravensbury Park and ‘The Calibrated Ramp’ in Bracknell. Between 2006 and 2010 he made ‘The Coldstones Cut’ in the Yorkshire Dales. Described by The Guardian as “The giant of the Dales and the best public artwork of the year”, it won the Marsh Award for Public Sculpture in 2011.
Simultaneous to his work in the public realm Sabin continued a rigorous studio practice, exhibiting intermittently he produced work for Penelope Curtis for the ‘Material Evidence’ show at Cubitt Street, was included in ‘Other Criteria’ (2004) at Henry Moore Institute taking stock of ‘One hundred years of British sculpture’ and in ‘Over Under’ (2007) at Canary Wharf with Keith Wilson and Franz West.
In 2011 he was commissioned by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea to replace Henry Moore’s ‘Two Piece Reclining Figure No.1’ on the site of the former Chelsea School of Art in Manresa Road, Chelsea. His Bronze sculpture ‘Painting and Sculpture’ was installed in 2013.
Andrew Sabin is the recipient of many awards including several from the Arts Council England, The Henry Moore Trust, Arts and Business, SEEDA, RSA art for architecture award, The Aggregates Levy, The Bridgehouse Trust, The Lorne Award, The Marsh Award, ABSA and several awards from The British Council. He has taught widely as a regular visiting lecturer at Chelsea College of Art and Design, Middlesex University, Portsmouth Polytechnic, Bath School of Art and Camberwell School of Art, before taking a post as a Senior lecturer at Chelsea. In 2006 he left teaching to focus on his practice.
Andrew Sabin lives and works in West Sussex alongside his wife, the sculptor Laura Ford.
Courtesy of the artist’s website.