Nick Bibby: A Sculptor’s Life
A bright and artistic child, it was clear from an early age that Nick Bibby was destined for a career in art.
Nick’s sculpture is imbued with such life and character. His affection for his chosen subjects shines out for all to see. It is truly rare to find an artist with such a talent. The ‘Bibby’ sculptural style, whilst very definitely figurative (to Nick’s eye, all his subjects are beautiful and he strives to recreate that beauty) he is quite unique in his approach. Fascinated by both form and detail he models with a fluidity and energy that few can equal, simultaneously and effortlessly combining that energy with a jewel-like attention to detail, resulting in sculptures that look as though they live and breathe. Both the sculptures and Steve Russell’s exquisite photography of those sculptures are beautiful works of art, be they bird, animal, or human. With subjects ranging from small to monumental, Nick’s work is owned and admired by an ever growing number of collectors, including royalty, politicians and business leaders, diplomats, famous authors, artists, actors and musicians.
Born in County Durham in 1960 and largely self taught; Nick Bibby has always had an abiding love of nature and the natural world and this, in combination with his interests in anatomy, zoology and palaeontology, are what drive his work. Using copious reference, Nick sculpts using clay, or wax, making constant minor adjustments to composition, pose and form as he works, always striving for the perfect aesthetic balance. The variety of the ever-expanding ‘Bibby’ sculpture collection; birds, animals, and human, is driven by Nick’s constant search for knowledge and new challenges.
Nick exhibits work regularly at Sladmore Contemporary, Mayfair, London, and Gladwell & Patterson, Knightsbridge, as well as several other galleries in the UK. In addition, his work has been shown at The Royal Academy of Art, London, Mall Galleries, London, the Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli, Turin, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum of Art, Wisconsin, Cross Gate Gallery, Kentucky, Sigurjon Olafsson Museum, Reykjavik and the Society of Portrait Sculptors, London, to name but a few.
Nick and his wife live in rural Devon, a county he loves, and one that provides constant inspiration, from it’s rolling green fields, it’s many rivers and woodlands, to it’s stunning coastline and high moors.
The Royal Academy of Art, London
Sladmore Gallery, London
Gladwell & Patterson, London
Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli, Turin
Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wisconsin
Sigurjon Olafsson Museum, Reykjavik
Ile Aux Aigrettes, Mauritius (Permanent Exhibition)
Mall Galleries, London
The Society of Portrait Sculptors, London
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford (Permanent Exhibition)
Nature in Art Museum, Wallsworth Hall
“The Crucible” Gloucester Cathedral
The Wildlife Art Gallery, Suffolk
Pangolin Gallery, London