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Nick Mackman 2015 Wildlife Artist of the Year
Nick was presented with the top prize of £10,000 from David Shepherd CBE and DSWF CEO, Sally Case, at a prize-giving at the Mall Galleries in London on June 29.
Nick’s prizewinning piece – a collection of ceramic warthogs
Nick Mackman is a sculptor of ceramic and bronze animals and a regular contributor to the Wildlife Artist of the Year Exhibition –
Hazel Soan – judge, artist and gallery owner said “The piece by Nick Mackman demonstrates her consistency of form and wonderful characterisation and individuality. She moulds as if from the African earth to create such wonderful, living sculpture.”
Nick has accepted commissions from British Airways and the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. Commissions include a life size bronze cheetah and a small Bornean frog.
Nick perfectly captures the personality of her subjects by traveling to observe animals in the wild and many further study hours. The finished piece offers a rare appreciation of the beast, its beauty and its humour.
“I am over the moon to win the Wildlife Artist of the Year competition.”
Nick says “it’s a privilege to be able to contribute to such a fantastic exhibition that not only celebrates wildlife art but also raises much needed funds to help conserve the animals we all cherish. The incredible diversity and beauty of the animal kingdom is a constant source of inspiration for me.
“I have a great affection for warthogs, who are some of Africa’s most engaging beasts, so I was delighted to win the competition with my warthog sculptures.”
Everyone of Nick’s animal sculptures has its own personality. Choosing to focus on highly endangered species, Nick enlightens us to their humour beauty and tenderness.
Nick lives in Devon, England, with her husband, twins and two dogs.