Mark Leckey was born in 1964 in Birkenhead, in the United Kingdom. Growing up in Ellesmere Port, on the outskirts of Liverpool, Leckey was keenly aware of his outsider status. He found acceptance as part of the “casual” subculture, which emerged from football hooliganism in the late-1970s United Kingdom, and demonstrated an early interest in the intersections between material culture, fashion, transformation, and identity. He received his BA from Newcastle Polytechnic in 1990.
Leckey produces art that addresses the abundance of objects and images in contemporary culture. In his films, sculptures, and installations, the artist has at various times assumed the role of alchemist by transforming objects and images into new mediums.
Solo exhibitions devoted to Leckey’s work have been hosted by Le Consortium, Dijon, France (2007–08); the Serpentine Gallery, London (2011); the Hammer Museum, University of California Los Angeles (2013); and WIELS Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels (2014). Leckey’s performance-based works have been presented by the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (2009), and by the Museum of Modern Art at the Abrons Art Center, New York (2009). His work was featured in the Venice Biennale (2013) and the Carnegie International, Pittsburgh (2013). He was the recipient of the 2008 Turner Prize and a finalist for the 2016 Hugo Boss Prize. Leckey lives and works in London.