Nic Joly Wall Sculpture

Our Collection of Nic Joly 3D Wall Sculpture

Nic Joly's artistic career began in the world of stained glass and metalwork. He went on to attend the Winchester School of Art and started working in glass and bronze. He quickly began to receive commissions but moved on to undertake a course in furniture and design at Parnham College which had been founded by celebrated British furniture designer John Makepiece. Joly showed great talent in both sculpting and furniture design but it was his personal hobby that was to lead to his big breakthrough.

Joly had been busy crafting tiny figures from wire, paper and clay for his children. His endeavours had been inspired by his own childhood love of little people in stories like Gulliver's Travels. He discovered that his children shared his fascination and soon the interest in his intricate miniatures began to gather steam. He started receiving regular commissions for his diminutive people, some just 1cm high! The compositions were humorous and ironic little snapshots which offered a new take on well-known phrases and sayings.

He formed a series of amusing depictions entitled "Under Foot" and the drama is very much in the detail of the pieces of sculpture. There is an incredible intricacy to his work which amazingly is achieved without the use of a magnifying glass. Each work is thought provoking and inspires a unique reaction every time you view it. We are delighted to showcase Nic Joly's work at Sculpture Gallery and we are confident that you will appreciate the originality and humour in the collection.

Nic Joly's 3D sculptures surprise and delight by offering new interpretations for common expressions inspiring an exploration of both our language and our world. Simple images produce complex reactions and emotions and the creations feature brilliant juxtapositions of good and bad, playfulness and the sinister, the everyday and the extraordinary.

There is an impressive immediacy to Nic Joly sculpture which keeps it fresh but the great complexity of the subjects explored ensures that the impact of any piece is retained over time. The frames form a window on the works which are themselves a window on life. Our understanding of that life is questioned and the language we use to describe our experiences is brought into sharp focus. Nic Joly is a visionary who produces contemporary sculpture with universal appeal.

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