Prof Eric Bainbridge
Eric Bainbridge was born in 1955 and studied in Leeds, Newcastle and London graduating with an MA in sculpture from the Royal College of Art in 1981. His reputation was established in the USA and Europe following solo exhibitions at Salvatore Ala Gallery, New York, (from 1985 - 94), the Walker Art Centre, Minneapolis (1986), ICA, Boston (1987), The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (1990), Cornerhouse, Manchester, (1997) and DELFINA London, (1997). From 1989-91 he was Henry Moore Fellow at the Slade School of Art and in 1996 received the Paul Hamlyn Foundation prize for sculpture. Recent exhibitions have included a retrospective at mima, Middlesbrough in 2008, Galleria Caroline + Salvatore Ala, Milan, Italy, in 2009 and Modern British Sculpture at the Royal Academy, London in 2011.
Bainbridge's research currently has two areas of focus. His primary concern is his continuing involvement with sculpture begun as part of the New British/Object sculpture of the 1980's. Recent work examining the status of the object and materiality in relation to the legacies of modernism is now considered to be influential in the field. Since 2009 Bainbridge has extended his research activity using collage to examine how we experience the printed pages of contemporary lifestyle and fashion magazines, in the era post new printing and computing technologies. Bainbridge's outputs are predominantly through exhibition and publication.
Fine art is coordinated by Bainbridge with research in sculpture, painting, digital media, socially engaged practice, performance and publication. Research operates across the broad definitions of the Fine Art subjects, largely through practice including strong interdisciplinary links between researchers, with outcomes of exhibitions, commissions and publications.