Nic Fiddian-Green (b.1963)
Still Water, 2014
Bronze, edition of 6
185cm x W60cm x D60 cm
Born in Hampshire in 1963, Nic completed 5 years professional training in sculpture. After gaining a Diploma in Advanced Lost Wax Casting, he went on to establish his own foundry outside London and then a second in Gozo, Malta. As a young student, Nic was greatly moved by the power, skill and beauty of the Parthenon frieze and the horse as depicted by the Ancient Greeks, in particular the remarkable “Selene” horse. This sparked what has become a lifelong obsession with the horse, the subject Nic, through determination and passion, has stayed true to for 25 years.
In 1983, when I was a student at Chelsea School of Art, I saw the Elgin Marbles in the British Museum for the first time. To me these ancient marble carvings embodied the most refined principles of Greek and Classical Art and it was these from which I drew my formative inspiration. In particular, the spectacular Selene Horse. Since that time, I have tried in my own work to capture the skill, vitality, balance and beauty, which is so evident in these Greek carvings.
Fiddian-Green feels the horse head acts as a vehicle to expressclassical principles of grace, beauty, serenity, nobility and harmony which combined with his own sensibilities are forged together to create his own unique modern sculptures. His most famous piece, the33 ft high bronze ‘Still Water’, situated at Park Lane in central London, has become one of the city's most loved landmarks and Fiddian-Green has donated the piece on permanent loan to London. Further monumental works have been installed 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 40 foot-high “Artemis”, was placed on Trundle Hill on the downs overlooking Goodwood House and racecourse. It has now been shipped to its new home, in a private collection in the Hunter Valley in Australia.
Nic Fiddian-Green's ‘Still Water’ was presented by the Sladmore Gallery which began life as a private collection and has developed into two leading central London galleries and a sculpture garden. All of their sculpture is selected with the collector in mind, and they mount in-depth exhibitions on individual sculptors as well as thematic and group shows. They also place monumental sculpture in private and public locations – notably Nic Fiddian-Green’s ‘Horse at Water’ in Marble Arch and Mark Coreth’s ‘Frankel’ in Ascot. The gallery’s publishing program has books in their 6th reprint and they regularly loan pieces to museums around the world.
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