Interview with Nick Hornby

Nick Hornby

Artist: Nick Hornby
Art Form: Fine Art – Sculpture

Written by Maria Rego
Photography: Yordanos (@yordameconnen)


I find the world disordered and chaotic I want to try and understand it…stuff I do here is a way of understanding it, to bring it in, to chop it up, to put in boxes and label it, trying to understand it and put out a smaller version (…)

Nothing can be more intimate and pleasant than visiting an artist’s studio, especially one you admire. Being exposed to such space allows us to understand another dimension of the persona whose work we appreciate as if we are taken from the audience into the stage and we are now active participants of the story. Walking around the room was like exploring a secret place where Nick Hornby was our guide for the day. His pieces stood tall, spread around in a dusty and rustic scenario marked by all the other pieces that once stood there and are now on show in clean and white rooms of museums and galleries.

Hornby’s work is a physical representation of the creative process of artists, no matter the art form. His influences are at the origin of his work and as many other artists he keeps them close to his mind and heart. While sometimes in the process of creating something new some influences get left behind, with Nick’s work such influences stay once the piece is complete, continuing living parallel to this new creation, to this new autonomic object.

His work is his way of understanding the world; he combines several references from other great sculptures, such as Brancusi, Rodin and Moore and combines them into one new piece of work that he puts out looking into creating a dialogue with the public. His art is very physical and theatrical, in order to see it we are called to walked around them, to unveil it: I think… some artists make the work themselves like an internal dialogue; my curiosity is with engaging an audience, getting feedback, the all point of this is interpretation, how people see and unpack the things I’m putting out there. I’m making question and see if I can get responses.

Nick’s work brings classics of sculpture into the 21st century, by using technology and robotics in the creation part and professionally fabricating it. The use of computers allows him to see the work and control it before production and by using the same technology as in the construction of yachts he achieves the clean cut and white surfaces with sharp lines sculptures.

Even though his work is around the questions of creativity and authorship he still sees it as a romantic idea, almost cliché, nevertheless it is under such concept that his work is now developing in to new areas in order to introduce colour and perspective into his productions. This constant research and need to understand new mediums took him to New York where for 6 months he focused in developing new skills that will be translated in his new body of work.

Such passion and dedication to the art form has given him the title of “the New Gormley” as well as a number of prizes such as the Clifford Chance Sculpture Prize, the Deidre Hubbard Sculpture Award, the BlindArt Prize and he was shortlisted for the inaugural Spitalfields Sculpture prize and Mark Tanner Sculpture Prize.