Richard Long (Bristol, 1945) is a British artist and one of the leading representatives of Land Art. Between 1962 and 1965 he studied at the West of England College of Art. Between 1966 and 1968 he continued his studies at St. Martin's School of Arts From london. One of his earliest sculptures was the path branded by the act of repeatedly walking in a straight line over a field of grass. He also made simple geometric sculptures, using natural materials collected from his walks through the countryside (stone circles, lines that cross the space of a gallery made with pine needles, mud splashes on a wall, etc.).
Towards the middle of the seventies some of his works, strongly conceptual, were only registered in the photograph of the place, in the description of the action and in the record of the time it took him to carry out said action, as in Throwing a Stone around Macgillycuddy's Reeks (1977). From the beginning of his career he worked interchangeably on natural landscapes and on exhibitions in closed spaces.
Almost forty years later his work continues the dialectic between free and ephemeral work in any part of the wide world, and the bringing back to the public domain of art spaces, and of books in the form of sculptures, raw materials such as stones, mud and water, and photographic and text works.