Nick Hornby is one of the leading sculptors of his generation in Britain today, creating works on both intimate and monumental scales, and at the intersection of art history and contemporary technology.
This, his first major monograph, features a foreword by Luke Syson, Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, offering insight into Hornby’s internal and external relationship with sculpture, and considering the links between two and three dimensions, abstraction and representation, the ‘real’ and the digital. Editor Matt Price’s introduction takes readers on a whistlestop tour of the artist’s oeuvre, from his early family life and studies at Chelsea and The Slade in London, to his latest major exhibitions and commissions.
An essay by Dr Hannah Higham, Senior Curator of Collections and Research at the Henry Moore Foundation, provides the most substantial piece of critical writing on Hornby’s work to date, drawing out specific touchstones in the history of art and discussing the relationship between the work and time. Higham further explores the ways that the motion and position of the viewer alter the experience of the sculptures, with new angles revealing fresh artistic inspirations from Elizabeth Frink to Hans Arp. An interview with Dr Helen Pheby, Associate Director, Programme, at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, probes the artist about his cultural and theoretical inspirations, methods, materials and ideologies, including his views on collaboration, the public nature of art and its accessibility. Their conversation provides an insight into the thinking of the artist at a crucial stage in his career.
Nick Hornby, born in 1980, is a British artist living and working in London. Hornby studied at The Slade School of Art and Chelsea College of Art where he was awarded the UAL Sculpture Prize. In the UK he has exhibited at Tate Britain, Southbank Centre, Leighton House (all London), Cass Sculpture Foundation and Glyndebourne (both Sussex), MOSTYN, Wales, and the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. International exhibitions have been held at the Museum of Arts and Design, New York, and Poznan Biennale, Poland, along with residencies with Outset, Israel, and Eyebeam, New York. In 2014 Hornby was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Sculptors.
256pp + 4pp covers
Hardback, 280 × 245 mm (p)
c. 175 colour
RRP: £35 / €40 / $45
UK Release: 8 December 2022
US Release: 29 December 2022
Edited by Matt Price
Designed by Herman Lelie
Printed by EBS, Verona, Italy
Published by Anomie Publishing, UK
Distributed by Casemate Art
Images © Nick Hornby. Courtesy the artist.
Photography by Ben Westoby, Peter Mallet and Studio Nick Hornby.