Nicola Beattie

Nicola trained at Exeter and Wimbledon Colleges of Art gaining a BA Hons degree in Sculpture in 1990. After leaving Art College she spent the next fourteen years carving in Wood, both figuratively and abstractly.  In 2004 she resumed carving in Stone, concentrating on the human figure and inspired by Jacob Epstein and Eric Gill, as well as Zimbabwean stone sculpture.  Up until 2013 Nicola had been working on a series of stone, plaster and wood pieces,  inspired by organic forms in Nature which she uses in a more abstract translation of form using rhythm, line and curve.  Her preference is for making larger pieces in plaster to be cast in bronze and occasionally resin.  Calm and stillness is the mood of her bronze and resin sculpture with a sense of quiet life contained within each piece.  This quiet presence is the main consideration throughout her work. At the moment she is working on a number of plaster sculptures to be cast in bronze, this entire series, inspired by Christian water baptism,  is based on a drop of water.  Nicola has exhibited both abroad and widely throughout the UK, regularly in London, including at the Mall Galleries, The Royal Academy, The Menier Gallery  SE1, The Osborne Studio Gallery, Knightsbridge and Cork Street.  Her work is held in both public and numerous private collections in the UK as well as further afield in Germany, Hungary, Poland, Singapore and Australia.  She works and lives in Cambridgeshire with her husband and two children.

Nicola Beattie creates contemporary sculpture using traditional materials of stone and bronze, working on a series of themes.  After a year at Exeter College of Art, she spent another three years at Wimbledon Art School, London, specialising in carving large sculptures in wood and stone, graduating with a degree in Sculpture in 1990.

With stone carvings of up to a metre tall, and plaster forms to be cast in bronze up to 2 metres, her current work is particularly inspired by archaeology (an ongoing series entitled Archae), castles and stone monuments native to Wales, where she grew up and has recently returned to live.

Much of her earlier work was inspired by forms and aspects of nature; pods, shells and fossils, light and water - the latter two themes she also explored in a number of paintings.

Nicola has exhibited both abroad and throughout the UK; London exhibitions and galleries include: The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, The Mall Galleries, The Menier Gallery, Sotheby’s Art Gallery, and Cork Street Gallery Open competitions.

Alongside exhibiting, Nicola has completed a number of contemporary art commissions for both private and corporate clients in the UK.

Earlier this year, a bronze commission from further afield saw her work installed in Tai Po, Hong Kong, in the recently built ‘Ontolo’ – a new luxury residence by the sea in Tolo harbour, completed in September 2020.

Her work is also held in collections in Germany, Turkey, Poland, Hungary, Greece, Singapore, the Caribbean and Australia.

Last year Nicola was awarded The Sculpture Prize in the Visual Art Open Awards 2019.

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