By Julie Sagoskin
He might be an abstract sculptor, but Nick Moran’s resolve to be an artist has always been very concrete. With his unique style and inspirations, this UK-born creative has been keeping busy and always finds the silver – or cobalt blue – lining, even in these unprecedented times.
Moran, an artistic mover and shaker, moved studios last year from London’s industrial heartland to a studio that he built at the back of his house in North London. “This has been the best thing for me as I can really spend more time with the work, so work and life have more time to converge,” explains Moran. “Lately, I have been focused on making smaller, more intimate sculptures.”
This superstar sculptor takes a piece of each place he visits with him, which is why traveling has always served as a major source of inspiration for his most precious and personal pieces:
“Travel remains a central element to my work, whether to motivate new work or for reflection. It will always play a big part in what I do. I spent some time in my dad’s hometown of Sligo, Ireland last year, where he grew up with eight siblings. I felt a strong pull to go there after he died. Breathing the same air and walking the streets of my Irish ancestors, as well as getting to spend time talking to locals who extended such a warm welcome that I felt I was being welcomed home just blew me away. I don’t tend to over analyze how life events end up in the work, but they are definitely there.”
Nick especially enjoys working with symmetry, weight and balance, which is why they have remained a strong theme in his one-of-a-kind works. What you might not expect from him is a striking new color choice. “I have had a long-time obsession with cadmium red, but I have just begun an obsession with cobalt blue! Let’s just say that there will be lots of blue sculptures on my website in the near future.”
Although all of the shows he was scheduled to partake in earlier this year were canceled due to the unpredictable Covid-19 pandemic, Nick was able to make more sales directly through his website as well as social media platforms, such as Instagram.
“It’s been such a joy for me to have direct contact with the buyers. Often times they even send a picture of where the artwork has been placed, which I just find to be so lovely.”
This hands-on artist, who enjoys making masterpieces for his international client base, continues to use his own experiences to create contemporary and award-winning abstract sculptures.