Nicholas Pope: Ten Big Words
Like that of many of his peers who emerged in the 1970s, who were preoccupied with finding a new and distinctive sculptural language, Nicholas Pope's work marked a disassociation from an earlier generation and he began to be known for using mainly natural materials, which he carved, or more simply, stacked and assembled.
Following his 1980 exhibition representing Britain at the Venice Biennale, Pope visited 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, textiles, moulded aluminium and ceramics, Pope began to make abstract works that reference complicated themes of spirituality, suicide and society.
Ten Big Words - lie kill love steal envy rest cheat fear obey honour is part of Sticky Intimacy - a group exhibition featuring Katie Cuddon, Emma Hart and Nicholas Pope.
Nicholas Pope graduated from Bath Academy of Art in 1973. He has represented Britain at the Venice Biennale and participated in 'British Art Now, An American Perspective' at Guggenheim Museum, touring across America (both 1980). In 1996 he showed 'Apostles Speaking in Tongues' at Tate Britain, recently re-exhibiting the sculpture at Salisbury Cathedral, Salisbury (2014). In 2013, he held a solo exhibition at New Art Centre, Roche Court Sculpture Park, Salisbury. Also in 2013 Ridinghouse published an extensive monograph on the artist. Pope was included in 'United Enemies: The Problem of Sculpture in Britain in the 1960s and 1970s' at the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, UK (2011). Pope's work is included in many public collections including Arts Council Collection, Kroller Muller Museum, Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, Stedelijk Museum, Tate, Wakefield Art Gallery and Walker Art Gallery amongst others.