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£4000
Icarus III
 
£6750
Icarus VII
 
£7000
Vol d'Etincell I.
 
£7500
Vol D'Etincelle II
 
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Nicola Godden Biography
I have had over 30 years experience as a sculptor working in plaster and clay for bronze casting.Over the years I have worked on many site specific public works with property companies and other organisations. My first large commission was the Hammersmith Man figure in 1988 and my most recent was the Icarus sculpture for the Olympic Village in London last year. The bulk of my work has been my private work of various sizes exhibited in galleries in the U.K and Ireland.My work is nearly always based on the human figure whether in an abstract from or in a realistic way. I have always wanted to work from the human form because of the feelings and emotions it conveys; there is usually a story behind every piece.My work has changed enormously over time and gone through many phases depending on what has been happening in my life and where the inspiration has come from. For example, during a marriage break up, my work changed from the calm, smooth and serene’ Mother and Child’ and ‘Couple’ works I had been doing to pieces full of energy and angst which reflected my feelings at that time. There have been many other changes since.Ideas come from anywhere. They can come from a piece of flint or bone found while out walking or from a dream, mythology or something briefly half seen while travelling somewhere. The ‘Eve’ and ‘Torse’ series of figures began when I picked up a beautiful piece of flint that looked rather like a female torso. I began by making a very small figure hardly bigger than the original stone and then did the series of figures which got larger and larger. I made the original work in plaster as it is possible to create the smoothest of finishes. I enjoy people wanting to touch the finished work.I work in clay or plaster because it is fast and I like to get the ideas out quickly. I start with a metal supporting armature and use aluminium wire to produce the rough shape I am after and go from there usually adding clay or plaster as fast as I can. I rarely draw before working as I like to keep the spontaneity and get ideas as I work. Most of my finished work is cast in bronze. Light reflects well off the surface and it can be irresistible to touch. Casting bronze is complex and time consuming and I try to be involved at each stage of the process; this metal is timeless and has its own fascinating history and, of course, should outlive us all.Over the last few years I have been excited by the mythological figure of Icarus and have produced a series of ‘Icarus’ pieces. These ideas began when I was learning how to fly (in an Ikarus C42) and the combination of man and wings is so compelling that I can’t see an end to this period.
 
Education:
BA(Hons)Degree in sculpture from W.S.C.A.D, now known as The Surrey Institute, Farnham, Surrey.
 
Selected Commissions/collections:
Selcted Commissions

Icarus for The Olympic Village 2012 . The Sculpture Park.

Sir Peter Scott statue for The Berkeley Group plc and WWT Barn Elms Wetlands site, Barnes. Unveiled by Sir David Attenborough and Lady Scott.

Nene University campus ground – “Guardians II” . Unveiled by Arts minister Mark Fisher MP. This piece is part of the University’s sculpture collection.

Eastman Kodak for headquarters in Philadelphia, USA.

Hamm
ersmith Man. Commissioned for building on Hammersmith fly- over by Mount Row Properties. Unveiled by George Melly.

Various commissions for property companies: Albion Properties; Pillar Properties; The Berkeley Group plc; British and Commonwealth Properties plc; Arcona Investments; Mount Row Properties; Speyhawk plc.
 
Group Exhibitions:

2014: Hay Hill Gallery, Baker Street, London
Imagine Gallery, Long Melford, Suffolk,
The Sculpture Park, Surrey.
EDS Gallery Edinburgh.
Edinburgh Art Fair 2014.
Ardquin Fine Art,Haslemere.

2013:Hay Hill Gallery.
Hay Hill Gallery/Henley Arts and Music Festival,
The Sculpture Park.
Chelsea Flower Show,


2012:The Olympic Village,
Hay Hill Gallery, Cork Street, London,
The Sculpture Park,
Chelsea Flower Show,
Henley Arts and Music Festival,
The Wykeham Gallery, Stockbridge,

2011:The Sculpture Park
The Wykeham Gallery
VivArtis, Surrey

2010:The Wykeham Gallery,
The Sculpture Park,
Tom Caldwell Gallery, Belfast

2009:The Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden
The Wykeham Gallery
The Bronze Gallery, Hartley Wintney
The Sculpture Park

2008:The Bronze Gallery,
The Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden
The Talisman Gallery. London
The Wykeham Gallery

2007:The Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden
Phoenix Art Gallery
The Sculpture Park,
Wykeham Gallery


2006:Tom Caldwell Gallery
Wykeham Gallery
Phoenix Art Gallery
The Sculpture Park
AAF, London
Art Parks International, Guernsey

2005:Tom Caldwell Gallery
The Sculpture Park
Phoenix Art Gallery
Sarah Wiseman Gallery, Oxford


2004:Tom Caldwell Gallery
The McHardy Sculpture Gallery, London

2001:The Royal Society of British Sculptors
Tom Caldwell Gallery
Art 2000 – Islington Jonathan Poole

2000: 20th Century Olympia: with Jonathan Poole
20th Century Art Fair – Royal College of Art
Hiscox Art Café. The City, London


 
Artist's Statement:
Ideas come from anywhere, whether from a piece of flint or bone found while walking or from a dream, mythology or something briefly half seen while driving somewhere. The ‘Eve’ and ‘Torse’ figures began when I picked up a beautiful piece of flint that looked rather like a female torso. I began by making a very small figure hardly bigger than the original stone and then did the series of figures which got larger and larger. I made the original work in plaster as it is possible to create the smoothest of finishes. I enjoy people wanting to touch them.