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Nicola Godden BA (Hons), MRBS

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Sculptor Nicola Godden BA (Hons), MRBS
Nicola Godden

About Nicola Godden

Nicola Godden exhibited at The Olympic Village 2012 with `Icarus I`, a life sized bronze figure.

Her work is nearly always based on the human figure which is her main interest. She was commissioned to make a bird of prey some years ago and loved making the wings. The combination of the human figure with wings has become the latest passion.Nicola learnt how to fly in recent years and since then Icarus has become her preoccupation: there are seven Icarus figures in the series so far with lots more to come!.
Sculptor Nicola Godden BA (Hons), MRBS
Finishing the clay work on Icarus X in the studio

Exhibition History of Nicola Godden

Doddington Hall Sculpture exhibition summer 2016.
Hay Hill Gallery, London.
Savill Garden, Windsor Great Park, autumn show.
Joie de Vivre Gallery, Hampton Court, summer show.
The Sculpture Park, Surrey.
Imagine Gallery, Suffolk.

Hay Hill Gallery, Baker Street, London.
The Artful Gallery, Haslemere, Surrey.
Marks Hall Sculpture Exhibition, Essex.
Birtley House Sculpture Exhibition, Surrey.
Imagine Gallery, Long Melford, Suffolk.
The Sculpture Park, Churt, Surrey.

Hay Hill Gallery, London.
The Sculpture Park, Surrey.
Imagine Gallery, Long Melford, Suffolk.
Art in Action, Oxford.

Hay Hill Gallery, Baker Street, London.
Henley Arts Festival,
Chelsea Flower Show,
The Sculpture Park, Surrey.

The Olympic Village
Hay Hill Gallery, Cork Street, Mayfair, London.
The Sculpture Park, Surrey.
The Wykeham Gallery, Stockbridge.
Delamore Arts, Devon.

The Sculpture Park, Surrey.
Chelsea Flower Show.
Tom Caldwell, Ireland.

Wykeham Gallery, Stockbridge.
The Sculpture Park, Surrey.
Tom Caldwell Gallery, Belfast.

Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden
The Sculpture Park, Surrey
Wykeham Gallery, Stockbridge.
Tom Caldwell Gallery. Belfast.

Wykeham Gallery, Stockbridge
Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden
The Bronze Gallery
The Talisman Gallery, London

Solo Exhibition The Bronze Gallery
Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden
The Pride of the Valley Sculpture Park
Wykeham Gallery, Stockbridge

Wykeham Gallery
ArtParkS Sculpture Park, Guernsey
The Pride of the Valley Sculpture Park
Tom Caldwell Gallery, Belfast

Tom Caldwell Gallery
The Pride of the Valley Sculpture Park
Contemporary Art Fair, Edinburgh
Pheonix Art Gallery, Hants
Sarah Wiseman Gallery, Oxford

The McHardy Sculpture Company
Tom Caldwell Gallery

Royal Society of British Sculptors
Tom Caldwell Gallery

Art 2000, Islington.

Icarus II completed in clay,studio. May 2012.

Biography / CV of Nicola Godden

Since I was at art college I have been striving to express the human without it shallow, shell like persona and show the essence of what is really underneath it all.

Working on `Spark` project. 2014

Artist Statement of Nicola Godden

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.

Acquisitions / Collections of work by Nicola Godden

Eric and Jean Cass collection.

The Vincent Fergusson collection- 3 bronzes recently auctioned from this collection at Christies.

Sotheby`s auction October 2012, Icarus I from The Olympic Village.

Public Works of Nicola Godden

Public Sculptures
The Peter Scott Memorial sculpture at the WWT wetlands site in Barnes, London.

Icarus I at The Olympic Village, London 2012.

Qualifications / Education of Nicola Godden

BA (Hons), Fine Art Sculpture, West Surrey College of Art.

Price Range of Work

Nicola Godden's work has a price range from £722 to £34,500

Mediums utilised

Nicola Godden's work is found in the following materials:

Artwork Categorised

Nicola Godden's work is found in the following categories on site:
Icarus Sculptures Statues statuettes (12)
Figurative Abstract Modern or Contemporary Sculptures Statues statuary statuettes figurines (10)
Garden Or Yard / Outside and Outdoor Sculptures (9)
Mythical Sculptures (8)
Minimalist Understated Abstract Contemporary Sculpture statuary statuettes (6)
Modern Abstract Contemporary Avant Garde Sculptures or Statues or statuettes or statuary (5)
Nudes / Male Sculpture (5)
Human Form: Abstract Sculptures (5)
Nudes, Female Sculptures (4)
Interior, Indoors, Inside Sculpture (4)
Torsos Chests Females / Women / Girls / Damsels Sculptures Statues statuary (4)
Spirit of Dance Abstract Contemporary Modern sculpture (3)
Abstract Contemporary Modern Outdoor Outside Garden / Yard Sculptures Statues statuary (3)
Stylized People Sculptures (3)
Indoor Inside Interior Abstract Contemporary Modern Sculpture / statue / statuette / figurine (3)
Nude Garden Yard Outdoor Outside Sculptures Statues (2)
Small / Little Abstract Contemporary Sculptures / Statues (2)
Females Women Girls Ladies Sculptures Statues statuettes figurines (2)
Indoor figurative sculpture (2)
Human Figurative Sculptures (2)
Proud of Pride In Self Confidence sculpture statue statuette (2)
Objects of desire Sculptures
Torsos Sculptures or Chests of Men and Women Females Girls Children Statues statuery statuettes
Public Art Sculpture
Stylised Nude statue sculpture statuette ornament
Earth Mother Gaia sculpture statue statuettes figurines
Literary and Musical Characters Sculptures
Male Men Youths Masculine Statues Sculptures statuettes figurines
Focal Point Abstract Contemporary Modern sculpture statue
Sadness Anxiety Remorse Grief Sculptures Statues
Little Small Nude or Naked Girls Women Ladies Females Sculpture Statue statuettes Figurines
Nude sculpture statue statuette Figurine Ornament
Abstract Dance / Dancer Sculptures

ArtParkS Sculpture Park Yearly exhibitions

Nicola Godden's work has been exhibited at the following yearly exhibitions held at the ArtParkS sculpture park:
2006 ArtParkS Sculpture Park Exhibition
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