About Laura Hickman
Established British Fine Artist, described as cutting edge and contemporary, Laura Hickman’s commissions have included private collectors and public organisations such as Birmingham Conservation Trust. Laura Hickman is a sculptor and a painter who works from her studio based in South Staffordshire. Hickman has been commissioned by both private collectors and public organisations.
Hickman's exhibitions have included Fresh Air, Quennington, Shugborough Hall, World of Wedgwood, Bantock House, West Midlands, Mount Pleasant Sculpture Gardens, Cheshire, The Williamson Gallery, Wirral and Breeze,Cornwall. Public art includes RHS Tatton Flower Show, large sculpture installation and Wolves In Wolves Public Art Trail. For 2019 Hickman is exhibiting at Croome walled Gardens, Worcestershire, producing two large sculptural installations as well as smaller pieces; awarded a bursary by Quennington Sculpture Trust to produce a large piece for Fresh Air 2019.
From large scale sculpture to paintings her work is varied but carries a consistency of simplicity, being both contemporary and modern, often reflecting or celebrating nature and the organic in its composition.
Ancient standing stones in England and their spiritual presence are one of Hickman's references along with contemporary figurative representation in her minimal pieces that convey a sense of presence and belonging.
Travel and Eastern culture have inspired her more recent work; the wood adorned with gold in Thailand and the simplicity of Japanese art and garden design are evident.
Made from reclaimed or sustainably sourced wood and purposely minimal in form, working true to materials the 'shake' is carved suggesting the flow of water through fractures, as occurs in nature. Gold leaf gilding highlights and accentuates; circular holes act as an entry and illuminated glimpse of what is beyond. The wood speaks as it is worked, evolving from its naturally aged flaws, transformed into sculpture.
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