Nic Fiddian-Green (born 1963) is a British sculptor, who specialises is making lifelike models of horses heads, both smaller and larger than life-sized.
Fiddian-Green was educated at Eton College. Later, as a foundation-course student at Chelsea College of Arts he was sent on a visit to the British Museum to seek inspiration, and chanced upon a carving of horse's head, the horse of Selene, in the Elgin Marbles room there. He described it as "one of the most beautiful objects I'd ever seen". Shortly afterwards, he began to make works of similar subjects.
One of his larger works, Horse at Water was installed temporarily at Marble Arch in London. Once it was moved to Daylesford, Gloucestershire, the home of Sir Anthony and Lady Carole Bamford, who had commissioned it, he was asked to make a larger version, Still Water (2011; 33 feet (10 m) tall), to replace it.
Fiddian-Green works from a studio in the stable block at Wintershall, Surrey, using the horses there as life models. He casts bronze outdoors, using a mobile kiln, in the woods there. He also works in clay and riveted sheet metal, soapstone, and Carrara and Connemara marble.
He has exhibited at The Sladmore Gallery and has works installed at Royal Ascot, Goodwood, Knowsley Hall, Glyndebourne, Wellington College (Copenhagen, the Duke of Wellington's horse, 2012), and at the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire's private stables; plus three at Nevill Holt, at the home of Carphone Warehouse founder David Ross.
He also models non-equine subjects, for example Christ Rests in Peace is a representation of the head of Jesus wearing a crown of thorns, in lead and gold leaf, measuring 4-by-8-foot (1.2 m × 2.4 m) is at Southwark Cathedral.
Besides the UK, his works are in Russia, Kazakhstan, America, the middle East, and Australia. In 2006 he underwent six months of chemotherapy to treat leukaemia. His partner Henrietta is a horsewoman. They live in 18th century cottage on the Surrey Downs, with an adjacent cowshed, formerly his studio, converted as an extension. They have four children and six horses.
The "Horse at Water" at Marble Arch has become a much loved London Landmark. I get emails, letters and photos everyday from people enthused by the piece and its prominent position, as I also used to do for the 35 ft high "Artemis" on the Trundle hill looking out to the Isle of Wight. It was a moving experience to see the massive "Head of Christ" unveiled at Southwark cathedral where Nic and his wife Henrie hosted a marvellous opening evening. Reverend Andrew Nunn, the Dean of Southwark and Nic spoke eloquently about the piece and the excellent reception It had received from the congregation and the visitors. This piece will be the centrepiece of our exhibtion in Jermyn Street in June.
This Summer Nic will be showing at both our galleries in the West End, on the terrace of the Economist building off St James Street, in Mount Street gardens, and at Royal Ascot and Goodwood. We will also be publishing new books on different aspects of his work over the coming months, all details will be posted on this site. Major monumental works have been installed this year in Russia, America, the Middle East, Australia and works are in progress to go to many other destinations.