Artist Biography - Nick Mackman

Nick Mackman is an award winning sculptor of ceramic and bronze animal sculptures. The sculptor was born in 1972 in Beverley, Yorkshire. Her passion for art lead her to take a foundation course in Art and Design at York College of Art and Technology. Afterwards, she attend the Carmarthenshire College of Technology and Art, where she took a HND in ceramics and discovered her pas...sion for sculpture, moving her attention from the canvas to clay.

Nick's has been widely exhibited and in 2015 she won the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF) Wildlife Artist of the Year competition. In 2012 she was Overall Runner-up and Go Wild category Winner. She won the Open category in 2010.

Nick's art is informed by her life-long love of animals. The artist grew up with her dog by her side and learned from an early age that every animal has its own unique character. Most of Nick's animal sculptures are based on observations made in the wild. She believes that this is the only way to really connect with an animal on its own level.

In 1992, she began an HND course which specialising in animal modelling. During this time, she worked as a rhino keeper in Chester Zoo. When making an animal, she starts by considering the character of the animal. Nick attempts to express these qualities in her animal sculptures, through stance, movement and expression.

Many of her subjects are highly endangered and she seeks to enlighten us to their beauty, humour and tenderness. She lives in Devon, England, with her husband, twins and two dogs.

Her animal sculptures have found home with, amongst others, John Cleese, Dame Judi Dench, Chris Packham, David Shepherd and Vicountess Serena Linley. She has been commissioned by British Airways and the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition (pictured below with Sir David Attenborough).


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