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About Nikki TaylorNikki Taylors`s passion is for the human form and its extraordinary ability to convey the intangible qualities of energy and emotion through tangible flesh. Schooled in classic figure sculpture in clay for casting, which she still uses for bronze portrait commissions, the majority of her work now is in woven wire mesh. Her mesh sculptures range from torsos in relief in various sizes for indoors, to life-size full length figures in the round, designed to live amongst us, indoors or out. Each of Nikki`s mesh sculptures is a unique piece, created freehand. She uses mesh in a variety of different metals and finishes.
Exhibition History of Nikki TaylorNikki Taylor`s Exhibitions
2011 The Affordable Art Fair, Battersea Park, London
2011 Spring Art for Everyone Exhibition
2011 Goodwood House Art Fair
2011 The Chelsea Art Fair, Chelsea Old Town Hall, London
2011 Launch of my Olympic Figures for Art at the Edge`s
`A Sculptural Celebration of Sport`
Thermae Bath Spa, Bath
2011 Affordable Art Fair, Bristol
Old Passenger Sheds, Temple Meads Station
2011 June Surrey Open Studios
Sandstone Studios, Dorking
2011 Heathrow Terminal 5, Art at the Edge
`Sculptural Celebration of Sport`
2011 Cambridge Art Fair, Chilford Hall, Linton, Cambs
2011 Maundy Todd Summer Exhibition, Kingston Vale, Surrey. 2011 Edinburgh Art Fair, Corn Exchange, Edinburgh
2010 Affordable Art Fair Battersea and Bristol, together with Chelsea, Cambridge and Edinburgh Art Fairs
2010 Chelsea Flower Show, commissioned sculpture on `The Waterless Water Garden` by Tomoko Osonoe and Kei Iwata
2010 Art, Design and a Taste of Summer, Blenheim Palace, Oxon
2010 Surrey Open Studios
2010 Maundy Todd Summer and Winter exhibitions
2010 Esemplastic charity exhibition, Itchenor
2009 The Affordable Art Fair, London
2009 Courtyard Sculpture Exhibition, Leonardslee gardens, Horsham.
2009 The Society of Women Artists, The Mall Galleries, London
2009 Chelsea Flower Show, London
2009 Art in Action, Waterperry, Oxfordshire
2009 Off the Wall gallery, Cardiff
2008 Borde Hill Garden, Haywards Heath
2008 RHS Garden, Wisley
2008 Fircroft Summer Exhibition, Surrey
2008 Artspace, Barn Galleries, Henley-on-Thames
2007 The Islington Contemporary Art and Design Fair
2007 The Savil Garden, The Crown Estate, Egham
2007 Loseley Park, Guildford, Surrey
2007 RHS Garden, Wisley
2006 Studio 95, Brick Lane, London
2006 Vivartis Artis Festival, Surrey
2006 Borde Hill Garden, Haywards Heath
2006 The Art House, Westbourne
2006 RHS Garden, Wisley
2006 Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking
2005 The Harvey Gallery, Guildford
2005 Polesden Lacey, National Trust, Leatherhead
2004 The Savil Garden, The Crown Estate, Egham
2004 Painshill Park, Cobham
2004 Musee des Automates, Paris
2003 A Cabaret Mechanical Christmas, thegallery@oxo, London
2003 New Designers, Islington, London
Biography / CV of Nikki TaylorSince the beginning of her studies at Wimbledon School of Art under Allan Sly, Nikki Taylor has pursued the themes of the human form and its interactive energies - with the elements and with other individuals.
This journey has taken her through automata, portraiture and now to metal mesh.
2005-2007 Annual participation in Surrey Open Studio scheme
2005 Private head sculpting course at my studio
2006-2007 Sculpture tutor part-time, Bletchingley Centre, East Surrey College
2005-2007 Committee member of Surrey Sculpture Soc, now member only
1975-1999 10 year career in advertising followed by family life and self employment in interior design.
Artist Statement of Nikki TaylorNikki Taylor`s personal statement
My discovery of wire mesh some three years ago was a result of two lines of research - both to find a medium to give me the freedom to sculpt direct with spontaneity and immediacy and most importantly to transcend the solidity of conventional sculpture materials.
Wire mesh allows allows energy and elements to flow freely between the figure`s inner space and the surrounding ether. For me, the industrial strength but ethereal beauty of wire mesh is the perfect metaphor for the duality of our bodies - the ability of apparently solid form to express so much of the self that is intangible.
Acquisitions / Collections of work by Nikki TaylorNikki Taylor was commissioned in 2009 to create a sculpture for the Foreign and Colonial Investment Trust garden at the Chelsea Flower show and to make an abstract sculpture for the European head office of Bank PHB in London.
Her work is in private collections in Europe, South Africa, Australia and the US - most notably the collection of Richard Garriott, Astronaut, games designer and collector extraordinair.
2011 Lifesize mesh sculpture of Olympic Sprinter Jason Gardener MBE
2010 Lifesize mesh sculpture of Olympic diver Tom Daley
2010 `Open Hands` sculpture for Chelsea Flower Show competition garden entry
2009 Full figure lifesize mesh sculpture for Thomas Hoblyn Garden Design for competition garden in Chelsea Flower Show.
2008 Lifesize male body portrait in steel mesh.
2007 Lifesize bronze grandfather and grandson full figure portraits.
2007 Lifesize metal mesh torso portrait of pregnant woman
2005 Portrait head of Sibelius in bronze
Reviews of work by Nikki TaylorNikki Taylor`s Reviews
Featured in media as follows:
December 2003 - Radio 4, Woman`s Hour
April 2006 - ITV 6 O`clock News
May 2009 -BBC2 The Chelsea Flower Show
Qualifications / Education of Nikki TaylorI have been a driven maker since childhood, and succumbed to sculpture full time in 1999, after fulfilling careers in advertising and design, combined with family life. I did my foundation at Reigate School of Art, followed by a BA (Hons) at Wimbledon, graduating in 2003.
I studied under Allan Sly, one of the country`s foremost figurative sculptors, specialising in life sculpture, working from the nude - male and female. I learned the classical aesthetic and technical skills as summarised by Edouard Lanteri, mentor and intimate friend of Rodin, in contemporary form.
I combined this with study of mechanical and kinetic art pursuing themes of energy and movement, human and elemental, and the relationship between them. Both lines of study continue to underpin my work.
2003 BA (Hons) Wimbledon School of Art
2000 BTEC Reigate School of Art
1975 BA Gen. Arts (French and Sociology) Manchester University
Publications / Media / Bibliography of Nikki Taylor2011 (First issue of New Italian culture magazine) April issue, p 30, photo of FREE 2.
2011 BBC1 `Waking the Dead`, 20 March, series 9, `Care` Part 1, inclusion of FLIGHT in set.
2010 Chelsea Flower Show programme, photo of THE GUARDIAN from previous year.
May 2010, Channel 4, The Landscape Man, 3rd episode, ‘Chevington’ my sculpture shown at Chelsea Flower Show then re-positioned in the final garden.
May 2009, BBC2 Chelsea Flower Show. Inclusion of my ‘Guardian’ sculpture in Thomas Hoblyn’s competition garden.
Dec 29 2003 Radio 4, Woman’s Hour. Interview as part of Cabaret Mechanical Festival feature.
Teaching ExperienceNikki Taylor`s Teaching
2005 Private Head Sculpting course
2006-7 Part time sculpture tutor at East Surrey College, Bletchley Centre
Price Range of WorkNikki Taylor's work has a price range from £3,000 to £16,000
Mediums utilisedNikki Taylor's work is found in the following materials:
copper mesh stainless steel coated stainless steel mesh coated mild steel mesh mild steel mesh, coated
Artwork CategorisedNikki Taylor's work is found in the following categories on site:
Nudes, Female Sculptures (7)
Garden Or Yard / Outside and Outdoor Sculptures (6)
Wire(Mesh Netting Chicken) Metal Rod or Bar or Tube Sculpture (5)
Wall Mounted or Wall Hanging sculpture (3)
Nude sculpture statue statuette Figurine Ornament (3)
Stylised Nude statue sculpture statuette ornament (3)
Sensuous Sexy Erotic (Nude Naked Girls Females Women Ladies) (2)
Females Women Girls Ladies Sculptures Statues statuettes figurines (2)
Torsos Sculptures or Chests of Men and Women Females Girls Children Statues statuery statuettes
Nude or Naked Couples or Lovers
Interior, Indoors, Inside Sculpture
Nude Garden Yard Outdoor Outside Sculptures Statues
Sensual Sculptures or Statues
Love / Affection Sculpture
Happiness / Joy / Exuberance / Wild Pleasure sculpture
High Relief or Haute Relief Carving Sculpture Wall Panel casting in Bronze / Copper
Torsos Chests Females / Women / Girls / Damsels Sculptures Statues statuary
Semi Nude / Naked Girls Females Women Sculptures
Portrait Sculptures / Commission or Bespoke or Customised Sculptures
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