Topic: Nic Clegg: Sculpture from Steel

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Nic Clegg hails from Manchester in the north of England and moved to New Zealand in 2008. Welcome Bay is now his home where he is happily settled with his partner Kirsty and two children aged 10 and six.

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He has established himself as one of the Bays’ leading sculptors and has a following of discerning collectors throughout New Zealand who are looking to acquire original, creative and exciting sculpture.


Sculptor with torch.

Nic creates his sculpture from steel. 

“The processes involved in working steel takes you on an unending voyage of discovery – applications of heat and cooling create a multitude of textures and colour. 

“The molten steel moves in a chaotic manner only to be brought to a halt by the strike of the hammer.

“Steel is a very rigid and unforgiving medium, so the challenge is to create fluidity and movement in my pieces,” Nic explains while taking a well earned coffee break in his ‘ArtHub’ studio in Tauranga.

He has developed many processes to manipulate the steel and is currently working on a technique of carving steel with a plasma cutter. 

“Often a texture or colour appears whilst working the steel which offers something quite remarkable. 

“The challenge is to recreate this process,” he says.

Nic was the first artist to join architect Steven Chambers’ ‘ArtHub studios’ at ‘The Laundromat Art Project Space’ on 2nd Avenue where a number of Tauranga’s well-known artists have studio spaces.

He takes inspiration for his work from many sources and we see the human form, architecture and machinery in his beautifully finished creations. 

Much of his work is playfully stylized and quite often dallies with the real object to create what is almost a caricature. 

He has an imaginative eye for the farcical with unusual twists on the everyday and this is often seen in his work.

His figurative work inspired by the paintings of L.S. Lowry, depicts ordinary working class people going about everyday life. 

As with Lowry’s work they are representative of Nic’s industrial Northern English heritage. 

Take a look at his boats and other machines and immediately images of the hard graft of the working man come to mind; the ship builder spending 12 hours a day with red hot rivets, or the fisherman battling the elements to take his catch to market.


‘Crossing the Bar’.

All this is conjured up with a dash of humour making Nic’s work so appealing.

Nic welcomes interest and consultation about commissioned works.

He is represented by galleries across the Bay of Plenty and also further afield in Coromandel, Auckland and Dunedin.

His portfolio and contact details can be viewed online at www.niccleggsculpture.co.nz 

by Pete Morris (2011).

Pete Morris is an occasional painter and an art lover who has a particular interest in promoting the visual arts in Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty.

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