British artist Nicholas Pope was best known in the 1970s and early 1980s for his
large-scale sculptures made of wood, metal, stone, sheet lead or chalk. Following his 1980 exhibition representing Britain at the Venice Biennale, Pope was awarded a Cultural Visitor grant to Zimbabwe and Tanzania; an experience that affected the rest of his life and twisted his artistic practice completely. In a move towards softer, more malleable materials such as glass, porcelain, moulded aluminium and ceramics, Pope began to make abstract works that reference complex themes of belief, suicide and society.
Nicholas Pope (b.1949) Lives and Works in Ledbury and London, UK. Selected past exhibitions include Sticky Intimacy, Chapter, Cardiff, UK, 2016, Baldock Pope Zahle, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland, UK , 2016, Nicholas Pope: The Apostles Speaking in Tongues, (In collaboration with New Art Centre) Salisbury Cathedral, Salisbury, UK, 2014, Richard Saltoun Gallery, London, 2014, New Art Centre, Roche Court Sculpture Park, Salisbury, UK, 2013, The Ten Commandments in Flowing Light, Art & Project, Slootdorp, The Netherlands, 2001, Art Now: Nicholas Pope: The Apostles Speaking in Tongues, Tate Gallery, London, UK, 1996, Art & Project, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1992; Waddington Galleries, London, UK, 1986; Nicholas Pope: Wax Drawings and Sculpture, John Hansard Gallery, University of Southampton, Southampton, UK, 1982; Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller, Otterlo, The Netherlands, 1981; British Pavilion, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy, 1980; Summer Show 3, Serpentine Gallery, London, UK, 1976; Arts Council Collection, Hayward Gallery, London, UK, 1976; The Condition of Sculpture, Hayward Gallery, London, UK, 1975.