Tackling the enormity of life’s trials and tribulations on a miniature scale, Nic Joly applies an intimacy to his art that one might feel peering through the window of a stranger's life.
History and Background
Nic started his artistic career in a stained glass and metalwork workshop in the south of England. He then went on to study at The Winchester School of Art in Hampshire.
After producing various privately commissioned works in glass and bronze he enrolled at John Makepeace’s College, Parnham House, to take an apprenticeship in furniture design and making.
Whilst training Nic took part in an exchange program and studied at The Art Institute in Chicago. He left Parnham in 1996 and was awarded all three of the graduation awards at the Cork street exhibition.
His intricate figurines are made from wire, paper and clay and have gained considerable press coverage.
Ideas and Inspirations
What began as Nic's hobby has transformed into a passion for sculpting minute depictions of everyday life.
Nic has long been inspired by the works of Hieronymous Bosch and Bruegel, explaining how, "one gets lost in their intricate works, and the feelings they evoke".
"In my own small way I strive to create my own worlds and sculptures to ask and bring to the forefront the dilemmas and questions that we all feel and face day to day, as well as highlight the madness around us".
One of Nic's most recent pieces is ‘Never Forgotten’, a poignant commemorative piece to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. Castle Galleries is hoping to raise more than £150,000 for The Royal British Legion in the UK through the sale of miniature limited edition sculptures. When taking requests for specific dates from this series of limited edition sculptures, we have been both touched and privileged to hear the significance that those dates hold for individuals. As remembrance was the inspiration for this piece, we wanted to share these memories, stories and tributes, to ensure that they live on and are ‘Never Forgotten’.Watch the video below to discover more about the inspiration behind this special piece or click here to discover other people's stories or share your own.
Nic Joly's latest project, 141 Days, saw him placing miniature sculptures on war memorials across the country to mark the centenary Battle Of The Somme. Find out more about 141 Days here.