Nic Fiddian-Green has been represented by the Sladmore Gallery for over 10 years. His work, from small maquette to massive monumental, is highly prized around the world in public and private collections.
Through sheer determination and passion for his subject Nic Fiddian-Green has stayed true to the form of the horse's head for 25 years. The spirit and power of this noble animal, both servant and master to man, has been the artist's long-term obsession. No animal is so deeply embedded in our culture and history, the very earliest example of art ever discovered in Britain was a horse’s head carved into a bone from 10,000 years BC.
Fiddian-Green's recent harrowing encounter with a life-threatening illness has caused an obvious and honest creative re-assessment. There emerges a stronger, deeper and more contemplative vision that permeates the new work. His sculpture is sometimes seen as a form of self-portraiture, even through the form of the horse's head. He shows us how his spirit and his faith help him triumph over the physical. In the eyes of his silent horse’s heads we feel pain, strength, fear, wisdom and more as he asks complicated questions of the viewer that give the new work a powerful spiritual and emotional resonance. These inner reflections are as profound as the pieces’ outer beauty and majesty are striking.
In this body of work he continues to show he is an artist of our time, formed and inspired by his recent experience. The early influences of the elegant Parthenon
frieze are still apparent, the classical Greek principles of grace, beauty, serenity, and harmony balanced with new sensibilities to create his unique, very modern sculpture.
He uses his imagination and his acute awareness of work from previous centuries to inspire and influence his sculpture. He also works closely with his subject, equine models right there in the studio with him, direct from life. His close relationship with the horse was demonstrated further when “George” actually attended his Private View at the gallery.
The summer of 2010 saw his new 30 foot sculpture of the Horse Drinking replace the previous Mawari head at Marble Arch where it is still on display. New monumental works were installed to enormous acclaim at Glyndebourne Opera House in Sussex and in the Royal Enclosure at Ascot. The largest and most stunning piece of his career so far, the 35 foot high “Artemis”, was installed on the Trundle Hill on the downs overlooking Goodwood House and racecourse. All these were events recorded in the first book on his work published in late 2010.
He has work in many important private and corporate collections and has exhibited in major galleries in Paris, New York , Sydney, Hong Kong and others, as well as at most important Art Fairs such as Tefaf Maastricht, Dubai and Masterpiece, London. His next exhibition opens in London in both Sladmore’s West End galleries in June 2011.
26: They Stretched Out His Arms and Nailed Him to a Tree
(height x length x depth)
21 inches high including plinth
Edition of 12