It is with a heavy heart that I share sad news. Roger Ackling has passed away. He died peacefully, after a courageous battle with ALS. He was one of the most beautiful and extraordinary human beings I have ever known and worked with. He always brought out the very best in the people whose lives he touched. I am very proud to have exhibited his work and to call him my friend for the past 15 years.
Thomas von Lintel
The picture is from 2006 when Roger Ackling (left) and Richard Long (right)
were installing their show at the gallery. The work in the middle is a
collaboration between Roger and Richard.
For nearly forty years, Roger Ackling has applied precise burn marks to found wooden objects by reflecting sunlight through a handheld magnifying glass. The quiet repetition of his patterning is reflective of the meditative and ritualistic quality of the artist's method.
Ackling was born in 1947 in London, England. He has exhibited regularly since 1976 in Europe, Asia, and the United States. His work is included in numerous public collections, including the British Museum, the Tate Collection, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London; The Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam; and the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University in Cambridge.
Ackling lives and works in Norfolk, England.