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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

2016 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. 2015 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. 2014 Hay Hill Gallery, London. The Sculpture Park, Surrey. Imagine Gallery, Long Melford, Suffolk. Art in Action, Oxford. 2013 Hay Hill Gallery, Baker Street, London. Henley Arts Festival, Chelsea Flower Show, The Sculpture Park, Surrey. 2012 The Olympic Village Hay Hill Gallery, Cork Street, Mayfair, London. The Sculpture Park, Surrey. The Wykeham Gallery, Stockbridge. Delamore Arts, Devon. 2011 The Sculpture Park, Surrey. Chelsea Flower Show. Tom Caldwell, Ireland. 2010 Wykeham Gallery, Stockbridge. The Sculpture Park, Surrey. Tom Caldwell Gallery, Belfast. 2009 Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden The Sculpture Park, Surrey Wykeham Gallery, Stockbridge. Tom Caldwell Gallery. Belfast. 2008 Wykeham Gallery, Stockbridge Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden The Bronze Gallery The Talisman Gallery, London 2007 Solo Exhibition The Bronze Gallery Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden The Pride of the Valley Sculpture Park Wykeham Gallery, Stockbridge 2006 Wykeham Gallery ArtParkS Sculpture Park, Guernsey The Pride of the Valley Sculpture Park Tom Caldwell Gallery, Belfast 2005 Tom Caldwell Gallery The Pride of the Valley Sculpture Park Contemporary Art Fair, Edinburgh Pheonix Art Gallery, Hants Sarah Wiseman Gallery, Oxford 2004 The McHardy Sculpture Company Tom Caldwell Gallery 2001 Royal Society of British Sculptors Tom Caldwell Gallery 2000 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

Collections 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 £2,459 to £40,000

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 (11)
Figurative Abstract Modern or Contemporary Sculptures Statues statuary statuettes figurines (10)
Mythical Sculptures (8)
Human Form: Abstract Sculptures (7)
Human Figurative Sculptures (7)
Nudes / Male Sculpture (5)
Garden Or Yard / Outside and Outdoor Sculptures (5)
Minimalist Understated Abstract Contemporary Sculpture statuary statuettes (4)
Modern Abstract Contemporary Avant Garde Sculptures or Statues or statuettes or statuary (4)
Nudes, Female Sculptures (4)
Abstract Contemporary or Modern Outdoor Outside Exterior Garden / Yard Sculptures Statues statuary (3)
Torsos Chests Females / Women / Girls / Damsels Sculptures Statues statuary (3)
Spirit of Dance Abstract Contemporary Modern sculpture (3)
Stylized People Sculptures (3)
Interior, Indoors, Inside Sculpture (3)
Indoor Inside Interior Abstract Contemporary Modern Sculpture / statue / statuette / figurine (3)
Nude Garden Yard Outdoor Outside Sculptures Statues (2)
Indoor figurative sculpture (2)
Small / Little Abstract Contemporary Sculptures / Statues (2)
Abstract Modern Contemporary Avant Garde Sculptures Statues statuettes figurines statuary both Indoor Or outside (2)
Public Art Sculpture
Objects of desire Sculptures
Torsos Sculptures or Chests of Men and Women Females Girls Children Statues statuery statuettes
Stylised Nude statue sculpture statuette ornament
Male Men Youths Masculine Statues Sculptures statuettes figurines
Females Women Girls Ladies Sculptures Statues statuettes figurines
Literary and Musical Characters Sculptures
Proud of Pride In Self Confidence sculpture statue statuette
Nude sculpture statue statuette Figurine Ornament
Focal Point Abstract Contemporary Modern sculpture statue
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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