One of the Best Sculptors of his Generation
Nick Bibby is widely regarded as one of the best sculptors of his generation, with an exceptional ability to render that which inspires him (be it real or imagined) into three dimensions. His stunning, figurative, bird and animal sculptures seem almost alive. Exquisitely observed. Rich with almost imperceptible subtleties; elevating his art from the merely good to that of a true master. Each one demonstrating Nick’s astonishing ability to capture form and character. Nick’s work is owned and admired by an ever growing number of people worldwide, including royalty, politicians and business leaders, diplomats, famous authors, artists, actors and musicians.
Art: A Personal Perspective
I believe that every conscious being has an inbuilt aesthetic sense and ability to appreciate and be enriched by “Art” in whatever form they perceive it to be.
Any artwork, from its moment of conception, exists in a subjective, experiential, superposition, akin to the concept of superposition in quantum physics.
All art evokes a reaction within any consciousness made aware of its existence, and that reaction is unique to that consciousness, that specific artwork, and that time, place and context. No two consciousnesses will ever experience and appreciate an artwork identically, and no artwork will ever be experienced and appreciated in an identical way twice by the same consciousness. Each and every interaction is completely unique.
And until an artwork interacts with its audience, all those potential interactions and reactions exist only as an infinite number of possible future realities.
So, to sum up: “Art” is something that is experienced differently by each and every one of us, creator, viewer, expert, amateur, young, old, whoever (or in the age of AI, whatever) they may be. And that experience/interaction is always unique. Endlessly, infinitely, rewarding and different.
My art is my own; you may love it, you may hate it, you may not feel strongly either way. That is for you to discover, but regardless, my art, laid out for you here, represents my best efforts to achieve the unachievable (perfection). I invite you to dive in and enjoy the interaction!”
The Process of Creation
Nick believes passionately in his work, always striving to sculpt the ‘Perfect’ piece, going to exceptional lengths to research his subjects beforehand, then working either from life, or in his studio in Devon, England. He uses copious reference, but does not generally make detailed working drawings, believing that, having developed a fluid, three dimensional image of the potential sculpture in his mind, translating that three dimensional image into two dimensional working drawings, only to then translate back into a three dimensional artwork, is introducing unnecessary complication to the process.
Once sculpting begins, the original sculpture can take anything from a few weeks to many months to complete. Starting with a carefully measured armature, Nick builds up the form, using either water-based or wax modelling clays. Slowly refining and detailing the sculpture, making subtle adjustments to pose and composition as he works, gradually closing in on that mental image of perfection, until the moment that the clay or wax sculpture can get no nearer and is ready for casting. Nick works closely with Pangolin Editions foundry, in Chalford, Gloucestershire, to mould and cast his work into bronze, or silver, using the traditional, lost wax, method, little changed in over 5,000 years. All Nick’s sculptures are hand cast by Pangolin Editions, who share his desire for ultimate quality, rightly regarded as one of the best art foundries in the world, unsurpassed for their skill, attention to detail, exceptional cast quality and stunning patinas.
Sculpture Commissions and Limited Editions
Nick is always happy to discuss commissioning a bronze or silver sculpture and produces most of his sculptures in strictly limited editions of between 3 and 25 pieces, depending on subject, though unique, one-off, pieces are also possible. Commissions to date range from a beautiful little Bedlington/Whippet Lurcher, “Grace“, commissioned by her owner, to the towering, 15 foot, Kodiak Brown Bear, “Indomitable“, commissioned by the prestigious Ivy League University, Brown, in Providence, Rhode Island.
If you have a particular sculpture in mind, be it large or small, Nick would love to discuss it with you! Please use the Contact form, or email him direct at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 44 (0) 1803 873181
The Sculpture Collection
Nick’s collection of Bronze, and Hallmarked Sterling Silver sculptures range from a minute, life-size, Pygmy Shrew, to a monumental, life-size, Kodiak Brown Bear. Tiny shrews, delicate, soaring birds, statuesque horses, woolly sheep and characterful pigs, through to charging rhinos, fierce falcons, dragons and mythological beasts, Greek gods and giant bears, you can view the full breadth of Nick’s sculpture collection here, or by using the menu at the top of this page.
Prices start from £1,450