Keeping a marrige between art, architecture and spatial culture, family and friends is very important to me and i find that sculpting is a great way to document how all these different elements are or have effected me and others in the past and present.
Nick Coldicutt is a true carpenter and master craftsman with his hands, his prolific sculptural and 'making' practice demonstrates this.
Plimsoll Island was Coldicutt's first solo exhibition with us. It follows on from his exhibition in June this year, Reuben's Bird at Rockies, on Karangahape Road, AKLD, with artist Hugo Koha Lindsay.
Coldicutt's sculptural practice embodies collaboration and community in creativity. He works with native timbers, such as Rimu, Kauri and Totara, pulled out of local Auckland Villas where he spends his working day. Creating from refound / recycled timbers, Coldicutt sculpts each piece into new form, a new life. Coldicutt learnt much of his appreciation for carving, carpentry and woodwork from his Grandfather, whose Tanekaha Fishing Poles were one of Nick's earliest forms of inspiration. Among so many thoughtful and beautiful sculptures, Coldicutt has created busts and Kereru wing span modelled in wax, then cast and sculpted in polyesters.
Nick Coldicutt graduated from Auckland University in 2009, with a Master of Architecture. He spent most of these years in and out of the Elam Fine Arts and Architectures timber, metal and casting workshops learning tools, materials and how to work them together with lots of help from their great technicians. He started experimenting with sculpture in his last year or so of university and has continued ever since. Coldicutt has recently completed his carpentry apprenticeship which allows him to source carving materials from the villa renovations they work on and also meet others and to learn from those who have or are making a life in daily making.