My art is informed by my life-long love of animals. I grew up with a dog by my side and learned from an early age that every animal has its own distinctive personality. As an artist my work is a continually evolving exploration of animal behaviour. I never start a new piece without making that connection with my subject. I need to understand the animal, its environment, behaviour and personality. I need to know its story and what it’s feeling; is it vulnerable, sleepy, proud, frightened, angry, playful?
Most of my animal sculptures are based on observations made in the wild. This is the only way to really connect with the animal on its own level. I’m not interested in making crude anthropomorphisms. For me, it’s disrespectful and betrays a failure to understand and relate to the subject. My work is inspired by what I see in the wild. A slight tilt of the head, licking of the lips or pricking of the ears can speak volumes. These are the subtle details that bring a sculpture to life and transform it from a purely representational model to an expressive and emotive artwork. Ultimately, it’s the presence in the room which I find so exciting and which makes sculpture so powerful.
Nick Mackman is an award winning sculptor of ceramic and bronze animal sculptures of striking intensity and personality. She has been widely exhibited and her work is held in numerous private collections around the world. She spends many hours studying animals in the wild, carefully observing their form, movement and behaviour. Her animal sculptures reflect this natural diversity and are highly prized for their wonderful characterisation and individuality. Many of her subjects are endangered and she actively supports the work of animal and nature conservation charities at home and abroad. She lives in Devon in South West England with her husband, twins and two dogs.
David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation Wildlife Artist of the Year Overall Winner 2015
David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation Wildlife Artist of the Year Overall runner-up 2012
David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation Wildlife Artist of the Year Category winner 2010
Solo Show, Beaux Arts, Bath, 2016
David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation Wildlife Artist of the Year 2016
Summer Exhibition, Beaux Arts, Bath, 2015
David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation Wildlife Artist of the Year 2015