Working in a pastoral setting in Surrey, UK, sculptor Nic Fiddian-Green has been honing his skills as a master sculptor for decades with Andalusian horses as the main subject of his fixation. He’s spent a lifetime perfecting the art of the ancient “lost wax” technique after observing the fifth-century B.C. carving of a horse’s head, that belonged to Selene of the Parthenon, which was exhibited at the British Museum. Working in plaster, clay, marble and beaten lead, he masterfully mimics the form and structure of the equine head and then oversees the process of casting it in bronze on a large scale and infuses a viscerally ancient and powerful feel to his works.
These beautifully-rendered heads are displayed all over the world in noteworthy locales, and have received critical acclaim from far and wide. One of his sculptures, entitled “Still Water”, depicting the head of a horse drinking, is located right next to the Marble Arch in London and stands 30 feet tall. Celebrities fall over themselves to capture and collect his works, and he’s known to have sold to the likes of Ringo Starr, J.K. Rowling, Russell Crowe and Tom Cruise.
Of his massive work that can be found in Castello Di Reschio in Umbria, Italy, the artist states;
“At Reschio, I found new inspiration not only from the study of these wonderful Andalusian horses, but from the light, the smell, the hills, the sense of ancient peace that pervades the land from the days when St. Francis wandered through these hills, and before, way back to the time of the Etruscans. In fact the very air that fills this land upon which Reschio sits has ignited a new fire in my work.”
Check out his website to learn more.