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Nicholas Rowsell

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Sculptor Nicholas Rowsell
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About Nicholas Rowsell

Nicholas Rowsell was born around midnight on the 17th/18th of August 1960 during a dry electrical storm, in Hackney, London. This fact, according to Nick, is "Perhaps the most interesting thing about me as apparently lightbulbs were popping like champagne corks"
Nicholas first picked up a hammer and chisel with the intension of creating a sculpture in 1987`and has been carving one or more pieces of sculpture ever since and does not look like he is going to stop.
Nick was working as a stonecladder on a major building project in Berkley Square in the summer of 89. He was so taken by the Portland (whitbed) limestone cladding He decided to take a few offcuts back to his house in Plumstead and having also bought a couple of tungsten tipped chisels decided to have a go and see what occurred. Eagle/Parrot was what occurred then Demon Buddha then over the next year six small/medium pieces Portland sprang off his chisel culminating in `Elephant` carved from a reclaimed red sandstone sill. Showing his work to a group of Artists and Lecturers at Goldsmiths He received praise, encouragement and sound advice.
Nicholas went back to college for the second time at Weymouth` Dorset to study for his second City and Guilds in classical masonry and lettercutting.
He hasnt looked back since and has been steadily carving in both the public and private sectors, or adding more sculpture to create a formidable collection of stone sculpture substancial and original enough to be shown anywhere.
Nick Rowsell has managed to avoid cliche by mastering various carving skills and has rejected the more conformist path of understudying or pandering to market forces such as avoiding copying work for insurance damage.
Once ensconced in Weymouth/Portland Nick helped Weymouth promote its stone history with two major exhibitions in the mid 90`s. He also set about carving back to back and sometimes as with as many as three or four on the go simultaneously, some 35 pieces of sculpture between 1991-97` and when Nick decided to move to Newcastle Upon Tyne in 98`he bought 27 of those pieces with him.
Having sub contracted his skills out to masonry companies in that area for some years He eventually took a workshop/gallery in the Ouseburn part of Newcastle called Testhouse 5. It was here that Nick, along side private commissions, taught the many aspects of stonecraft from rudimentary bas-relief to fine art.
With a growing number of Civic and private commissions successfully executed Nicks reputation as a jobbing sculptor with a ton of flair, who carves what the client wants not what the artist wants, continues inexorably to rise.
Sculptor Nicholas Rowsell
The Official opening of the High Heaton miners mem

Exhibition History of Nicholas Rowsell

Dorchester (Dorset) County Show - Exhibitor and demonstration 1993.

The Lost Heritage Exhibition No1. (Weymouth) 1994

D-Day 50 yrs celebratory Exhibition at Coutances. France. 1995 (representing Dorset with Portland stone sculpture.)

The Lost Heritage Exhibition 2 (Weymouth) 1996

Brussels Expo, Belgium. 1996 (representing Dorset with Portland stone sculpture.)

The Hancock Museum (Newcastle) Millenium Exhibition ` Nick Rowsell`s One Man Show ` The Wildside Sculpture Show. 1999/2000.

The Biscuit Factory (Newcastle) 2004/6.

Tyneside Art at the Royal Academy (London) 2006

The Queens Hall (Hexham) 2009/10

Northumberland County Show (Corbridge) 2011.

Corbridge Village Show 2013.
Corbridge Village Show 2014.

Nick Rowsell Stonecraft Logo Copyright 2012:

Biography / CV of Nicholas Rowsell

Bricklayer / Stonecladder and Builder 1980-89
Self Employed Stonemason / Stonecarver 1989-present

Nick Rowsell amongst the `Ineffablestones` Nov 96.

Artist Statement of Nicholas Rowsell

There are two things I have to do in this life.
The first is to keep carving, the second is to die.
..Or, as My paternal Grandad was fond of saying... Torus Excretia Semper.

Awards and Prizes of Nicholas Rowsell

Local Business Accelerator Winner 2013. Hexham.

Acquisitions / Collections of work by Nicholas Rowsell

I have been fortunate enough to enjoy the patronage of collectors from all around the world...
Hong Kong
Los Angels

Public Works of Nicholas Rowsell

The Dillon Memorial - Weymouth. 1994.
The Bennett Memorial - Portland. 1994.
The Figgis Memorial - Northumbria. 2000.
The Layton Memorial - Gateshead. 2004.
The Robson Memorial - Northumberland. 2005.
The Richards Memorial - Ontario, Canada. 2009.
The Slater Memorial - Edinburgh. 2011.
The Bryden Maughan Memorial - Hexham 2013.

Civic Commissions:
Wensleydale Middle school, Blyth Northumberland
`Sammy the Seagull` 2009.

High Heaton miners memorial, Newcastle - The Spinney. 2010.

Allendale Forge Studios - HRH Prince Edward commemerative slate plaque. 2011.

Qualifications / Education of Nicholas Rowsell

0/ Level Modern Political History - B
O/A Level English Literature - B O/A level English Langauge - B Dip` H.E. Art and Architecture 1986/88 City and Guilds (credit) Brickcraft 1-4 1987
1991/92 City and Guilds (credit) Stonemasonry and Lettercutting.

Teaching Experience

Weymouth informal stonecarving (private) tutorial workshops 1996
1997 Kirkwhelpington Arts Center Stonecarving courses 2001
Testhouse 5. Elementary masonry/lettercutting/ fine art carving courses 2005

Influences / Inspiration of Nicholas Rowsell

Barbara Hepworth.
Antonio Canova.
Henri Gaudier Brzeska.

Price Range of Work

Nicholas Rowsell's work has a price range from £1,500 to £17,084

Mediums utilised

Nicholas Rowsell's work is found in the following materials:

Artwork Categorised

Nicholas Rowsell's work is found in the following categories on site:
Abstract Contemporary Modern Outdoor Outside Garden / Yard Sculptures Statues statuary (10)
Garden Or Yard / Outside and Outdoor Sculptures (7)
Stylized People Sculptures (7)
Carved Stone, Marble, Alabaster, Soap Stone Granite Lime stone (7)
Modern Abstract Contemporary Avant Garde Sculptures or Statues or statuettes or statuary (6)
Animal Abstract Contemporary Modern Stylised Minimalist Sculptures (5)
Bas Reliefs or Low Reliefs (5)
Column Pillar Columnar Stele sculpture statue statuary (4)
Cats Wild and Big Cats Sculpture (4)
Celtic Knot Work and Traditional Sculptures (4)
Mythical Sculptures (4)
Carved Abstract Contemporary Modern sculpture statue carving (3)
Gods or Goddess, or Deity Sculptures (3)
Human Figurative Sculptures (3)
African Animal and Wildlife Sculptures (3)
Figurative Abstract Modern or Contemporary Sculptures Statues statuary statuettes figurines (3)
Torsos Sculptures or Chests of Men and Women Females Girls Children Statues statuery statuettes (3)
Surrealist Sculpture (3)
Stylized Animals Sculptures (3)
Busts and Heads Sculptures Statues statuettes Commissions Bespoke Custom Portrait Memorial Commemorative sculpture or statue (3)
Minimalist Understated Abstract Contemporary Sculpture statuary statuettes (3)
Wall Mounted or Wall Hanging sculpture (3)
Wall Panel Carved Engraved Cast Moulded Sculpture Statue plaque (2)
Symmetric Sculptures / Statues / statuettes / statuary (2)
Wild Animals and Wild Life Sculptures (2)
Nudes / Male Sculpture (2)
Primitive or Naive style Sculpture or Statuary (2)
Human Form: Abstract Sculptures (2)
Public Art Sculpture (2)
Indoor Inside Interior Abstract Contemporary Modern Sculpture / statue / statuette / figurine (2)
Stylised Heads / Busts Sculptures
Fantasy sculpture or Statue
Geometric Sculpture Statues statuary statuettes. Usually Abstract Contemporary Modern work
Monumental Sculptures
Organic / Abstract Sculpture
Nudes, Female Sculptures
Couples or Group Sculptures
Small / Little Abstract Contemporary Sculptures / Statues
Caricature Sculptures Statues statuettes
Celebrity and Star Sculptures
Torsos Chests Females / Women / Girls / Damsels Sculptures Statues statuary
Pet and Animal Portrait Custom or Bespoke or Commission Commemorative or Memoriaql sculpture statue
Animals in General Sculptures Statues
Plaques, Medals, Medalions, Coins, Tokens, Commemorative Customised Commission or Bespoke
Interior, Indoors, Inside Sculpture
Females Women Girls Ladies Sculptures Statues statuettes figurines
Male Men Youths Masculine Statues Sculptures statuettes figurines
Small Animal Sculptures
Commission and Custom and Bespoke sculpture Statues
Mask, Wall Hung Faces and Part Heads
Peace Sculptures or Statues or statuettes
Friendship Friends chummyness Amicability Camaraderie Cordility Kindred Spirit
Ceiling Mounted Hung or Suspended sculpture
Angular Abstract Modern Contemporary sculpture statuary
Focal Point Abstract Contemporary Modern sculpture statue
Commemoratives and Memorials Sculptures
Stylised Birds Sculptures / Statues / statuary / ornaments figurines / statuettes
Round Disk, Dish, Flat Circular Ring Shaped Sculptures / Statues statuette statuary
Elephants (Pachederms) Sculptures, African, Indian, Sumatran
Mounted Heads, Masks, Wall Mounted Busts of Animals
Repetitive Form / Shape Abstract Sculptures / Statues
Love / Affection Sculpture
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