Mark Wallinger the 52 year old UK artist, and 2007 Turner Prize winner for his meticulous recreation at the Tate Britain, of peace campaigner Brian Haw’s protest outside of the UK parliament against policies toward Iraq, acknowledges that now the majority of his work comes via commissions or competitions. In an interview with Nicholas Wroe of the Guardian, Wallinger stated, “I admit that long gone are the days when I just used to be in my studio painting, and when I finished one piece I’d just start on another, but things still need to be interesting stepping-off points”. While now settling for work in set design for ballets and opera, Wallinger’s earlier work was noted for its social commentary focusing on social class and nationalism, ultimately winning him the prestigious Turner Prize.


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