Nic Acaster Artist
All recent work has been made from the timbers and metal from a 30ft Hastings and Rye fishing boat, ''Rosie Haze,'' RX320, (image above, as a working vessel on Hastings beach) which was bought and decommissioned in 2016.
This art project has taken on many forms to include, a site specific 40ft sculpture of a Blue Whale,(image above) exhibited at Waveney Valley Sculpture trail in 2018. Rye Oystercatcher, (image above) exhibited at the www.visualartopen.com
was nominated as a 2020 finalist.
I am now working on a collection of sea birds made from the remaining timbers and looking to cast them out of the bronze propeller shaft and fixings from 'RX320'. I am currently exhibiting two cormorant sculptures at the Farleys sculpture Garden and the Lee miller gallery in Chiddingly.www.farleyshouseandgallery.co.uk
My practice has always been driven by sustainable ethics and a natural affinity with repurposing wooden structures, especially boats, my Father was a boat builder and the materials, structures and precision of his craft runs through and directs me as an artist.
Whilst living in Brighton 1994-2015, I became interested in collecting 'found' objects and driftwood. It soon developed into a business. I rented a disused fisherman’s arch on Brighton seafront, where I started my own studio / gallery and became a founder member of the Brighton Artist Quarter. I have worked alongside Brighton's Wood Re-cycling Centre and from 2001 exhibited through open houses during the Brighton festival.