unique ceramic sculpture
Typically coil or slab built constructions, unique works are responses to subject, and may form a small series or body of work evolving over time. Working in series facilitates the pursuit of an elusive idea or gesture that is not always captured immediately. It allows for experimentation and accident, but also a developing understanding of subject. A slight ambivalence in form may be balanced by an emphasis on emotion and expression. Work is often at risk during construction and the resulting fragility is integral to both concept and aesthetic.
The notion that an individual creature may experience some ‘otherness’ or spiritual dimension beyond our understanding of its instinctive animal behaviours, is the premise behind much of my work, and portraiture a vehicle to I use to explore feeling and expression. Primates in particular are an obvious and compelling choice of subject given their genetic proximity to human kind, but it is important to me that all subjects are sculpted with sensitivity and empathy, inviting the viewer to relate and reflect.
Bronze sculpture is made at at Castle Fine Arts Foundry using the lost wax process from the original clay sculpture, and are produced in small editions.
Nichola Theakston has established herself as one of the UK's foremost contemporary sculptors working within the animal genre. She exhibits across the UK and Europe and is collected internationally by those who appreciate her exceptional natural ability and skill, coupled with sensitivity and awareness of her subject.
Besides exhibiting at leading Ceramic and Art fairs in UK and Europe, Nichola has had work selected and exhibited for 'Wildlife Artist of the Year' in London, raising funds for endangered wildlife, and has had several works catalogued and successfully auctioned at Bonhams, London.
Public collections include The Weiner Museum of decorative Arts in USA, WMODA.
Recent Commissions have included designing and making trophies for Lush Cosmetic's 'Lush Prize', rewarding initiatives within the world of science and lobbying toward bringing animal testing to an end. 2011-1016
Lush Prize trophies.
Slabbed and fabricated construction in terracotta.