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Sculptor with big ideas, Anish Kapoor, joins the high rollers

February 7, 2010

Anish Kapoor

ANISH KAPOOR, whose giant sculptures adorn squares from Chicago to Nottingham, has joined the ranks of Britain’s super-rich artists with a multi-million-pound fortune.

New company accounts show that Kapoor, 55, made a £17m profit in 2008, taking the fortune he has made from his art to an estimated £40m.

Kapoor is now thinking about whether to add a £5m country house in the Berkshire downs to his assets. He will be included in The Sunday Times Rich List when the 2010 edition comes out, the first specialist sculptor to appear, joining artists such as Damien Hirst and Lucian Freud.

The reputation of Kapoor, a Turner prize-winner, has soared in the past decade. He is now engaged in the world’s largest commission, a £15m series of sculptures known as the Tees Valley Giants, destined for five towns in northeast England.

One, called Temenos, is being assembled in Middlesbrough and resembles a huge pair of tights stretched between two rings, hovering eerily over the post-industrial landscape. When completed in the spring, it will be more than 160ft high and 360ft long.

Read more at: Move over, Damien

4 Comments leave one →
  1. February 7, 2010 2:08 am

    thats the strange thing about us artists. we’re either starving or super rich

  2. islandlass permalink*
    February 8, 2010 11:30 pm

    Too true I’m afraid

  3. June 10, 2010 3:53 pm

    Hi, I thought you would be interested to know that it was the official launch of Temenos today, here is a link to some pictures http://ow.ly/1WHM5 but if you would like the official press release or more information do please contact us at info@teesvalleygiants.com

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