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Nick Hornby, born in 1980, is a British artist living and working in London, England. His work addresses queer identity, historical critique, semiotics and digital technology. He is known for his monumental site-specific works, that combine digital software with traditional materials such as bronze, steel, granite and marble. Hornby studied at 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, The Southbank Centre, Leighton House London, CASS Sculpture Foundation and the Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge. And internationally at The Museum of Arts and Design New York and Poznan Bienalle, Poland. Residencies include with Outset (Israel), Eyebeam (New York), and awards include the UAL Sculpture Prize. In 2014 he was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Sculptors. His work has been reviewed in the New York Times, Frieze, Artforum, The Art Newspaper, The FT, and featured in Architectural Digest, Cultured Magazine and Artsy among others.

"As the five-century arc of its title would suggest, Nick Hornby’s exhibition at Churner and Churner, ‘Sculpture, 1504–2013,’ made no bones about its ambition, even by means of a few, discreet works.[...]This recent body of work seems more predominantly concerned with a rigorous approach to subtractive form, and a play between corporeal figuration and geometric abstraction. The results so far have been outstanding."

– Ara H. Merjian, Frieze Magazine issue 162 April 2014

>>> News : Upcoming projects include three public sculptures to be installed in London in 2023.

>>> News: A new monograph of his work published by Anomie. [Amazon]


Artists Presentation - Zygotes and Confessions, MOSTYN



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In Time, The work of Nick Hornby, Michael Prokopow, 2017

Deja Vu, Nick Hornby’s eerily familiar art, Jason Farago, 2013

Whose Form Is It Anyway? A New Media Curators Notes on Nick Hornby, Omar Kholeif, 2012

Atom vs Super Subject, Kathleen Madden, Artforum, 2010

Notes and Queries on Quotes and Theories, Ossian Ward, 2010

Beyond the Pale, Brooke Lynn McGowan, 2008

Untitled, after Nick Hornby, Brooke Lynn McGowan, 2007, Miser & Now

Select Interviews:

Definitive, Monumental and Progressive: An Interview with Sculptor Nick Hornby, Emily Quil, Norman Rea Gallery

Sculptor Nick Hornby in Conversation with Composer Nico Muhly, Whitewall Magazine Fall 2017

Mark Sherin interviews artist Nick Hornby, Mark Sherin, FAD, Aug 2017

Nick Hornby, Sculpture (1504 - 2017), Joe Hewitt, PYLOT Magazine, Jul 2017

Monograph, published by Anomie December 2022:

"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."

- Anomie:

256pp + 4pp covers Hardback, 280 × 245 mm (p) c. 175 colour ISBN: 978-1-910221-24-2 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.