Five Turner Prize winners

  • 1 December 2012

From stone circles to bins and neon lights – we've picked five of our favourite works by former winners of Britain's most notorious art award.

1. Richard Long – winner, 1987
Blaenau Ffestiniog Circle, National Museum Cardiff

Long won the Prize at his fourth attempt after being shortlisted in '84, '86 and '87, reputedly turning down the award following his first nomination. One of the landscape artist's most recent pieces is the Blaenau Ffestiniog, a circle of Welsh slate gathered by Long over a seven-day walk through the Welsh countryside.

2. Anish Kapoor – winner, 1991
Turning the World Inside Out, Cartwright Hall Art Gallery

Indian-born artist Anish Kapoor won the first Turner of the nineties for an untitled sandstone-and-pigment sculpture. His twisting, towering structure Orbit was one of the centrepieces of the Olympic Park, while the seductively beautiful Turning the World Inside Out can be seen in Bradford's Cartwright Hall.

3. Rachel Whiteread – winner, 1993
The Tree of Life, Whitechapel Gallery

The sculpture that won Whiteread the Prize no longer exists: House, her concrete cast of the inside of a Victorian tenement, was demolished in 1994. Visitors to East London can still admire her work on the frieze for the Whitechapel Gallery, The Tree of Life, commissioned for the London 2012 Festival.

4. Steve McQueen – winner, 1999
Queen and Country, Imperial War Museum London

For most artists, winning the Turner Prize would be the highlight of their career – for Steve McQueen, the award shares a crowded mantelpiece with a Caméra d'Or and a Bafta. Queen and Country, his response to the war in Iraq, is on display at IWM London after being bought with an Art Fund grant.

5. Martin Boyce – winner, 2011
Our Love is Like the Earth, the Sun, the Trees and Birth, Gallery of Modern Art

Boyce beat bookies' favourite Martin Shaw last year, becoming the third Glasgow artist in a row to win the Turner. His 2005 installation Our Love is Like the Earth, the Sun, the Trees and Birth evokes suburban teenage life through an arrangement of neon lights, daybeds, ventilation grills and a bin.