Nic Fiddian-Green: The Studio at Sladmore Contemporary, 10th June – 31st July 2015
On 9th June, Nic Fiddian-Green (sculptor of monumental Neo-Classical horses’ heads) will be setting up his iron foundry in Bruton Place (W1J 6NW) to demonstrate the ancient art of ‘lost wax’ casting, as well as hand patinating. His new solo show at Sladmore Contemporary will run from 10th June until 31st July 2015. The exhibition will include a recreation of the artist’s hilltop Surrey studio and workshop, with new work in progress.
Nic Fiddian-Green is completing a series of new sculptures for this show, which will include Arab stallions and horses inspired by the art of the Chinese Han and Tang dynasties. This makes a departure from the ancient Greek ideal for Nic Fiddian-Green.
Last year Swire Properties (one of the most important companies in the Far East) commissioned a Fiddian-Green sculpture for the garden of their headquarters in Hong Kong, a 16 foot tall bronze ‘Horse at Water’. The Chinese horse includes a new element: cracks on the bronze surface, which suggest, says Nic, ‘a fractured form, emphasising time and history.’
This was the first sculpture by Nic Fiddian-Green to be permanently installed in Hong Kong. His colossal horses’ heads make a powerful impact wherever they stand: on a Surrey hill near his family house, Ascot and Goodwood racecourses, in an Italian castle courtyard, Glyndebourne Opera House, public sites in Australia and North America. The best known sculpture by Nic Fiddian-Green remains his landmark ‘Still Water’ at Marble Arch.
Nic’s horses’ heads have attracted a long list of distinguished collectors: movie stars, Middle Eastern princes, business giants, best-selling writers, landowning grandees, from Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe to the Countess of Derby and Sheikh Mohammed Al Thani of Qatar.
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