What began as Nic Joly's hobby has transformed into a passion for sculpting minute depictions of everyday life. His thought-provoking sculptures ask the questions we are too scared to pose ourselves.
History and Background
Nic’s artistic career was born in a stained glass and metal workshop in the south of England. He went on to study at the Winchester School of Art before completing private commissions for glass and bronze works.
Following this, Nic enrolled at John Makepeace’s college at Parnham House for an apprenticeship in furniture design and making. Whilst training, he took part in an exchange programme at the Art Institute of Chicago.
Shortly afterwards, his fascination with miniature sculptures began.
Ideas and Inspirations
Inspired by the works of Hieronymus Bosch and Pieter Bruegel, Nic intertwines intense feelings and postulations about society within his intricate sculptures. Placed in their own little universes, Nic’s figurines offer the viewer an intimacy akin to peering through the window into a stranger’s life. But within that glimpse, our own feelings are evoked.
He explains: “In my own small way, I strive to create my own worlds to ask and bring to the forefront the dilemmas and questions that we all feel day-to-day, as well as highlight the madness around us.”
Previous collections include Never Forgotten – a poignant commemoration of the 100th anniversary of World War One – and 141 Days, which saw Nic place miniature sculptures on war memorials across the country to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.
His latest project, Being Human, is currently being unveiled across the UK. Keep up-to-date with this exciting body of work here.
From Palette to Picture
Nic’s lively figurines are made from wire, paper and clay. Keen to challenge his methods, he has begun to explore the possibilities of 3D printing for his miniature buildings, which are then intricately carved, primed and patinated.
Each of Nic’s pieces is unique and lovingly-crafted. He hopes that each viewer will engage with them in their own special way.
He comments: “In our lives, we are all seeking and deserve our own ‘happy ever after’. No matter what age we are, we all search our whole lives for love, and romance will always succeed in our own fairy tales.”