About Nick

Nick Warfield is a sculptor, maker and installation artist based on the Mid North coast of New South Wales, Australia. He lives in the coastal bushland 20 minutes from the Bellingen Valley with his partner Bell and their beautiful daughter Pleide. The scope of his practice encompasses sculpture, installation, furniture, decor, structure and workshops.

Philosophy

To be a sculptor presents an interesting moral decision, With the current harvesting of resources globally (forests, minerals, metals, stone etc) becoming increasingly more finite due to deforestation, open cut mining, mass production methods and unsustainable demand, what then becomes an ethical material to use in the making of an artwork? That question led me to consider the fact that so many materials already exist. In our backyards, trashcans, garages, junkyards, wreckers and sidewalks.

The scale on which we create waste is magnificent.

This opened up so many possibilities.

For me waste materials present a beautiful invitation to embrace the concept of renewal and innovation.

An apathy has developed for our day to day material possessions . The idea that modern products contain this built in obselensence is widely accepted and has resorted I think to this devalued view of the various objects and items that we buy as consumers.

In order to be an agent of environment change I believe one must first love the detrimental factors that are affecting it. Waste materials must first be celebrated in order to bring about a more sustainable perspective of what should be wasted and why we are wasting things in the first place.

CV

  • Born in Sydney, Australia, April 25th 1985
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Newcastle

Individual Exhibitions

  • 2013 'Birds of Paradise', Innercity Winemakers Gallery, Newcastle

Group Exhibitions

  • 2011 'B is for Bird ', ETB Gallery, Bellingen
  • 2011 'Hohoho Show' , ETB Gallery, Bellingen
  • 2011 Bellingen Art Prize
  • 2011 'Just cut it out' , ETB Gallery, Bellingen
  • 2012 'The little show' , Bellingen
  • 2012 'G is for Goat' ETB Gallery, Bellingen
  • 2012 'Wrong way go forward exhibition' , Renewable Energy Festival, Bellingen
  • 2012 Bellingen Art Prize
  • 2013 'Konser Kampang' Australian-Indonesian collaborative exhibition , Innercity Winemakers Gallery, Newcastle
  • 2013 Bellingen Arts week , shopfront exhibition 2013 'Garden of Earthly Delights' Nexus Community Art Gallery, Bellingen
  • 2014 'Sprout ', Popup exhibition, Bellingen

  • Installations

    • 2012 Northbank Community Garden, Bellingen
    • 2012 Bellingen Global Carnival, Bellingen
    • 2012 Bellingen River festival, Bellingen
    • 2012 Solar Eclipse Festival, Lakelands, Far north Queensland
    • 2013 TedX Bellingen, Bellingen
    • 2014 Northbank Community Garden

    • Commissions

      • 2011 Bellbottom Media, Display stands with bird sculptures (Series of 8)
      • 2012 Private commission, Outdoor garden owl sculpture
      • 2013 Private commission, Chessboard and pieces
      • 2013 Ink and Tart Café
      • 2013 Private Commission, Wedding
      • 2014 Private commission, Kookaburra and Tawny frogmouth sculpture
      • 2014 Bellingen Shire Council, Public Art commission " The Bowerhouse"

      • Affiliations

        • 2011 The Workshop Art Cooperative
        • 2012 Bellingen Community Art Council
        • 2014 The Restless Natives Art Collective

        • Awards prizes

          • 2012 3D prize, Bellingen Art Prize, Bellingen

          Articles

          • Smith, Kerri: "Punky manipulated metal", Newcastle Herald, August 2013
          • Burnett, Alice: "The brilliant Bowerhouse", Bellingen Courier Sun", July 2014

          Collections

          • Bellingen Shire Council

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